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Don’t trade your virtues for vices

Don’t withhold the beauty of your spirit just because there is no one around to appreciate it.

Be who you are, and let others be who they choose to be.

The expectation of being treated the way we treat others is what causes much bitterness and anger.

It’s not worth it.

Give without the expectation of receiving. And when you don’t receive, give some more.

Waiting for others to return the favour before we do more, denies us the fulfilment of being who we are, while compromising our values to be who they are.

Remember, we cannot give what we don’t have.

When you withhold your gifts because you’re waiting for others to respond in kind first, you’re assuming that they have within them what drove you to give of yourself in the first place.

It’s a crazy cycle.

Break it by giving without the expectation of receiving from them in return.

That’s the secret to fulfilment and contentment in our lives.

When we expect something in return, we deny ourselves that fulfilment and we turn our good deeds into transactions.

When we transact with our virtues in that way, not only do we diminish the value of what we’ve done and who we are, but we also end up treating others the way that they’ve treated us.

That’s how we lose ourselves to our expectations from others.

It always starts with you.

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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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