There are hundreds of people that we bump into everyday and we don't know anything about them. If you live in a city, even a small one, that is par for the course and not something that I spend more than a glancing moment in contemplation.
Yet as the circle of influence draws tighter and we get closer to the part of our world that begins to bump, shuffle, slide and crash into others; we might want to take a closer look at the people we touch and who in turn touch us. (Get your mind out of the gutter, will ya?)
I wonder if I can see things from the other shore?
In one way or another, befriending people and creating lasting relationships often include some kind of sacrifice. There is a little give and a little take no matter how lop-sided things might seem. It's easy enough for me to see the things that I have given up and I often become slightly perturbed about the injustice of the situation. But do I accurately calculate the amount of trouble I cause others and the multitude of dreams and that have been left at the wayside for my benefit and /or sefishness?
Even though I tell myself that I am unbiased and impartial about most things, I have to be honest and say that it is impossible to be completely objective about anything when it is egocentric and affecting not only my physical well being, but my spiritual one as well
So, how are we able to honestly asses whether or not we are being treated fairly. You might want to say that you know it in your gut, but that just doesn't cut it. How do you know if you are treating others with the same kindness that you yourself desire. I know a lot of people who cry foul when things go slightly sour for them yet they treat many folks like dirt. I also know a few who never complain about anything; they are both selfless, generous and are consistently doing what they can to help others and they never seem to avoid the sharp end of the stick.