I Would Feel Untrue

Have you noticed?  Not everyone wants you to be kind to them.  They might say they do, but then they have their ways of sabotaging anyone’s kindness towards them.

I like Jane.  She’s old and wise enough to embrace any freely-given kindness that’s shown her.

I like Terese and Marysa, too.  But showing them kindness just does not work.  They’re both too young.

Not too young to appreciate kindness — both have had it rough enough that you can bet they appreciate kindness!

Not even young people are too young too appreciate kindness.

It’s just whenever I’m kind to young people, I feel I’m betraying myself.  I feel untrue.  It’s just not “me” to be kind to young people.

9 thoughts on “I Would Feel Untrue”

  1. I don’t know that it’s only the young. I’ve had experiences with adults who will not accept a compliment or a cup of coffee as a thank you for assistance. I found it quite annoying. After getting to know the people in question better, over time, I realized they have severe self-esteem issues and in one case, the woman is just plain mean!

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  2. I’m not much into psychology (understatement of the century!) but it seems that some people react negatively to kindness given, or offered, because they think it means they must of necessity reciprocate and they don’t know how to do it. Or their pride is hurt for needing help. In many cases when I’ve offered or given assistance I’ve had to say, look I’m doing this for me, it’s what I do. Then we’re all off the hook.

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  3. If the intent behind the post was to make me go “Hmm..” you succeeded. I read it like five times trying to make heads or tails of it. In the end I came up with my own conclusions…
    Old people accept kindness, because they’ve been around long enough to meet the worst of the worst, and are just happy as hell when they come across someone that isn’t a complete jerk. As the mother of three children ranging in age from 25 to 34–which I consider ‘young’–I’ve found that it’s not so much that they don’t know how to accept kindness, as they are apprehensive about someone’s motives. Let’s be frank, shall we? A lot of people are on the take.
    Now about older people who can accept kindness…these are the same that don’t always dish it out. I’m speaking from experience. I was never so happy after i turned 50, because I could finally get away with being a little cranky, knowing it would have little consequence as someone much younger would say “Ah, she’s just old and a fun-hater.” That I can live with. Lol! Just saying…

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