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Have you have ever been a kind friend to another person and then felt you were taken advantage of?


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meloncauli says

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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 4 years ago

    I feel it is good to stand up for and be a kind friend first to oneself.

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Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) says

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William Elliott (Bretsuki) says

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Rhonda Malomet (Rhonda_M) says

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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 4 years ago

    Great answer. I've also seen how being used way my responsibility. I could have said 'no' or communicated clearly. And I have seen how others perceived my actions as using them when I felt I was being a generous friend. It *is* a life long process!


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JR Scarbrough MFA (JRScarbrough) says

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  • CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

    You sound like a wonderful friend to have, JR. In my travels and within my experience, many of the same children who took advantage of their friends and relatives in their youth continue to do it as adults. Many cannot break free from the mold.

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Irfan (arksys) says

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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 4 years ago

    Letting go makes it go smoother. Seems you are finding your way.

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Tamara Wilhite (tamarawilhite) says

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  • CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

    Indeed. It is as if some people think they are so special they are entitled to your generosity...as if they are doing you a favor. Go figure!!!

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Mike Monaghan (Moesky) says

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  • CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

    You brought up some good points. Please keep in mind that some "friends" only like you while you're down or need you until they rise up. You were a good friend in poverty...but not in prosperity. I know how you feel because I've been there, too.


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lburmaster says

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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 4 years ago

    Please understand, I am not wanting to be nosy or preachy.... just wondering, do you feel that forgetting the incident works for you? Can you process it that way, or does it get buried and work against you? Just published a hub about it.


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shaniqua robinson (Thewriterlives27) says

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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 4 years ago

    That is to understand, Thewriterlives27. Thank you for participating.

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CJ Sledgehammer says

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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 4 years ago

    Marvelous response, C J. And thank you for letting me know about giving the hitchhiker a ride. I guess many feel that way, 'In fact, I am the friend I wish I had.' It reminds me of the proverb to first be a friend to oneself.

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Old Empresario says

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  • CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

    So, are you the one taking advantage of her kindness and then taking her for granted?

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