We all have those friends or acquaintances that ask us for advice, help, and much more. I’m happy to comply with most requests being a helpful person by nature, but at what point do you ask for something in return? Do you expect your good deed to “pay it forward” and come back later? Do you ask them to reciprocate? Do you receive help or advice and return the favor?
I have always been one to show my appreciation or find a way to return the gesture, but I don’t find much returns in my direction. This makes me think some people are just takers – they will take anything you offer but rarely, if ever, reciprocate. In some of the situations I find myself in, I wonder if I should do the same. Maybe I should start expecting others to do things for me and stop doing for them. As soon as that thought creeps in my psyche, reality takes over. I’m simply incapable of being selfish. So why do I bother pondering the question?
I’m curious how others view reciprocity and if it has a presence in their lives. Think about the people in your life, whether it be family, friends, coworkers, online acquaintances, or a neighbor. Do these people do things for you? Do they help you? What do you do in return?