Sometimes I give because I secretely want something in return.
Sometimes I want you to do me a favor.
Sometimes I want you to like me.
Sometimes I want you to not get mad at me.
Sometimes I want you to not get disappointed in me.
Sometimes I want you to approve of me.
Sometimes I want your help.
Sometimes I want you to say how great I am.
And so I give.
And wait for you to give something back to me.
But then nothing happens.
And I feel disappointed.
Not that I asked you for a favor in return.
Not that I made my request for your love, approval or help public.
Often I even don’t make these requests public to myself.
But I always give myself away.
Because of the way I feel after I’ve given and got nothing in return.
And so I made a deal with myself. To give unconditionally.
You don’t like me. I don’t care.
You don’t say how great I am. I don’t care.
You don’t help me. I don’t care.
I gave because I wanted to.
I gave you my time and attention because I loved to listen.
I helped you out because I care about you.
I gave you that present because choosing that gift for you made me so excited.
I gave you my smile because I genuinely thought you were funny.
I gave you a different perspective because doing that lights my fire.
I hugged you because I love you.
I made a deal with myself. To give unconditionally.
And sometimes that means that you don’t get what you used to get from me anymore.
Because I noticed I just gave you something because I secretely wanted something in return from you.
And so I stopped giving. Or told you what I wanted.
Sometimes that makes you feel disappointed.
And that’s fine with me, because I know that it is not me doing that.
It’s just your thoughts about what you think I should do.
I give because I want to give, whatever you do.
And that makes me such a generous giver.
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