Let me explain. I’m a responsible person. I always show up to things on time (read: early). I go the extra mile to help others out. I’m the first to volunteer (sometimes begrudgingly, I must admit).
It irks me at times that others aren’t just as responsible. I go the extra mile for them and then they take advantage. Or do the bare minimum and take credit for what I’ve done.
They start acting like my extra mile is owed to them.
And that sucks.
It definitely makes me want to stop going the extra mile. It makes me want to explode on them.
But then I have to remind myself: why am I going the extra mile? Nine times out of ten, it’s because I like doing a job well done. I do it because it gives me a sense of accomplishment. I’m a people-pleaser (which can be a good AND bad thing).
Mostly, I act responsibly because it’s what I’m called to do as a decent human being.
Others will not always reciprocate. However, I can’t let that keep me from doing what I know to be right.
In those moments where I feel taken advantage of, I need to take a step back and evaluate what’s going on.
If I’m truly being taken advantage of, then it’s time to create solid boundaries.
If it’s just me overreacting (which I do a lot…), I just need to fix my perspective and move on.
Don’t give up on being responsible because other people aren’t. Be responsible because it’s the right thing to do.
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