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Who goes first?

If you find yourself among people who constantly demand that you give without receiving, or love without expressing affection in return, guard your soul.

As much as we wish to fill the cups of others with goodness in this world, we must not deplete our own in the process.

By indulging such selfishness from others, you enable and encourage them to continue denying themselves the same peace that is elusive to you.

When we focus on how the bad behaviour of others is harming themselves, rather than only focusing on how it harms us, we take a huge step closer to breaking the cycle of harm instead of just challenging the behaviour.

The same way in which we’d love for someone to correct us when we don’t realise that we’re wrong because we don’t want to deliberately harm others, we must consider that someone behaving badly may not realise the impact of their actions.

But, unless we’re connected with true gratitude about who we are, we’ll feel attacked long before we try to understand the struggle of others.

Focus on building yourself up, so that you may be able to build up those around you.

If everyone is going to wait for everyone else to make the first gesture, we’ll all sit back believing we’re victims of each other, while not realising that we’re victims of our own self-worth.

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Zaid Ismail

Author, life coach, and mental health activist. We need to change the narrative from disorders, illnesses, and survival to accountability, understanding, and thriving.

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