I recently wrote about, “Be Original,” and wanted to share another part. You see, there are givers and takers in life. Some have a balance of both giving and taking and others do not. Some only know how to take, take, and take. Some are incredible givers that at times unfortunately can be taken advantage of by those who only know how to take. Let’s take a moment and discuss more on “Give and Take.”
As mentioned in my blog on “Be Original,” I discussed how there are those who are willing to just take from someone else’s hard work and creative content and call it their own without a second thought. I would love for you to read more about what I shared about being creative and original. It’s important to acknowledge where and whom you are being inspired by when sharing a quote, a blog, a piece of art, a style, etc.
We may be in a variety of settings, where our creative thoughts and styles are shared. It is in those moments we are being genuine to who we are. Unfortunately, when someone does not want to put in the hard work, effort or for some other selfish reason, they will choose to take from someone who in genuinely sharing their skills. I find it amazing how someone can willingly do so without any form of conviction or acknowledgement but only for their own advancement.
Givers will do things without a second thought for others. They will be forgiving even when someone takes advantage of their skills and creativity. A sincere giver is not someone who will think twice about helping someone else. They see a need and will want to help in some way. I think this is not to be taken lightly when you experience this kind of person. They can go above and beyond and that is to be commended.
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Takers will see an opportunity that can lead to their own benefits and not care less who or what is affected by their decisions to just take from others. Takers are not hard to find unfortunately. They are quick to manipulate situations to look like they did nothing wrong while taking advantage of someone else. They will not be quick to repent but will make excuses or even avoid when being confronted by their actions. I have seen this with certain individuals overstepping and gaining job promotions; someone else being overlooked because someone did this to them and even mimicking someone else verbatim to look like it was their own creative skills originally.
Then there is a balance of knowing how to give and receive (take). This balance comes as the giver learns to take when someone is giving to them. They see the need to receive from others as much as they may want to give. Whether it is in writing, family, an organization etc. it is understood that the giver is there to participate as much as learn from others. They are not being selfish in this way but see the difference of giving and taking.
When someone blatantly takes from another, it is an important lesson to see what are some of the ways to avoid this from happening again. Experiencing this can lead to questioning what others’ intentions may be. You may begin to question even the ones who do not have any bad intentions of taking from you. When we are taken advantage of, we can become less trusting. It is in these moments that I suggest you go to God in prayer and ask for His healing and forgiveness to move past these disappointments of someone taking advantage of you. As we go to God in prayer, He will walk you through this and help guide you.
Remember to acknowledge who inspires you. Be intentional in all that you do and stay pure in your creativity. Do not allow these disappointments to change you but to challenge you to keep going and stay strong. Learn how to have the balance in giving and taking. Give of yourself genuinely and receive from others without selfishness. We can learn so much from one another in life, in skills and creative content.
Let me know your thoughts about giving and taking. I would love to know your experiences regarding this topic. We each have a variety of things we experience in life that can help others as we share our stories. Let’s continue to take moments together.
Read more: “Be Original,” “Growth”
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21 thoughts on “GIVE AND TAKE”
This is so true. It’s sad how many people truly don’t know how to be original. I’m glad you shared this and brought light to this topic.
Many take advantage of givers. Thank you for your comments. Being original is to be genuine to who you are. 😊
I love this post! It is definitely sad that there are people who can’t be original and just steal someone’s hard work. I agree, we should give credit when inspired by someone else! It’s important to find the line between giving and taking!
Great post! I know my mom is a total giver, and some people sadly take advantage of that. But I think if we all gave a little more, the world would be a better place 🙂
I don’t think I’m much of a taker, but I also don’t think I’m completely a giver either. I used to be a complete giver, but being taken advantage of all the time really does a number on you until you stop being that way. So I guess I might be like 75% giver
Sadly, it definitely is hard when a giver is taken advantage of. Too often it seems takers can be found. When we have the balance of both, which can take work, it really is incredible. Givers, have to know how to receive(take) too. As said in my post, sincere givers are a gift to be commended and not to be taken lightly. Thank you for taking time to share your comments. 😊
Thank you for shining a light on this topic.
Everyone must take an introspective look at themself, and we must figure out who we are versus who we want to be.
I try to strike a balance, but I know I lean to the giving side of the fence. I know this potentially opens me up to be taken advantage of. I am sensitive to it and can assert myself well.
You already seemed like a genuine person when u said saved pin. And this post is a reflection of you. Good to come across you. Xox
Well you’re right, it is a scare if someone steals your content it scares me too. But an acknowledging way of taking and giving genuinely should be the route to it. Giving is usually miserly these days and that’s sad. Very nicely written! Xx
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I used to have such a hard time understanding selfish people as a kid. I didn’t understand why some people seemed to not care about how they affect others as long as it benefitted them. Then I realized that some of them don’t seem to really know they are affecting others. They may assume that because they themselves would not be sensitive towards a certain situation, that other people aren’t either, therefore they act on it assuming everyone would feel the same way they do.
Growing up, I was the quiet, sensitive one who could cry on a drop of a dime. My sister, a year older than I, had a backbone of steel and nothing seemed to bother her. The amount of times she has said or did something that made me cry as a kid is unaccountable. I never understood why things bothered me so much but also didnt understand how they didnt seem to bother her at all. And I know she has a heart, and is a great person, just a different personality type or mindset I guess. Because she never wanted to hurt me, she was the one who was my voice when i was too scared to stand up for myself: she cared about me and never tried to hurt my feelings. But did on multiple occasions without even knowing it.
I tried to believe that all of the selfish, mean people of the world maybe didnt know they were being the way they were. But I know now that there are people who are selfish, and take, take, take until there is nothing left. I’ve learned to stay away from these types of people and when I do have to deal with them, kill em with kindness 🙂
I really liked this post, it really got me inspired today, thank you for sharing! I’ll be back to read more posts:)
I think, like you, that too often we meet too many people who are willing to take rather than give. But I also think that if one tries to give once without receiving anything in return, he can make a difference and be very satisfied in karma!
I agree with this post 100%. I really liked when you say there’s a balance of knowing how to give and take.
something to ponder! I try to be myself most times and not to take advantage of others. thanks for this.
Excellent advice at the end of your post! You are right; there should always be a balance!
Oh I know a lot of takers. They just take all the time you have for themselves and when you need them, don’t bother giving you the time of day! It’s very sad and really makes you realise how selfish people can be!
As with most things in life it is important to strive for a balance in ourselves, as we can’t control the actions of others. I also think it’s important to not let others take advantage especially if you lean towards being a giver. That can be hard.
This is a wonderful post – so many wonderful reminders about being aware of our own actions and others and how we can give and take with each other! I myself tend to be more on the giver side and have experienced tensed relationships because the feelings of being taken advantage in certain situations crept into the relationship. SO important thank you for sharing.