I'm a big believer in treating people well.
But I've come to accept a key fact about life: people are probably never going to treat me as well as I treat them.
I have a generous and sensitive heart. Where I have shortcomings of financial generosity, I compensate tenfold with loving arms, open ears and an opinion that is rarely clouded with unreasonable judgment.
"Treat people as you'd like to be treated," was a popular theme this weekend.
Both in my personal relationships, and in general human decency.
My heart was heavy Sunday morning, and I surmised a bike ride would be the best way to improve my disposition. But, it was not meant to be.
Someone stole my rear bike wheel. Tire and all.
My cheeks were already salty from a morning of weeping (thanks to a sappy movie and sadness over a personal relationship), and so the flood gates flew open and the tears washed over me as I stood in my supposedly secure courtyard.
My brain dashed through a thousand thoughts. "Who would do such a thing?" I exclaimed as I surveyed the border of fences and building walls enclosing the green space.
Those thoughts trailed off to a vision of myself riding my bike, the wind blowing through my hair as the wheels rolled over the pavement.
It's a feeling I first fell in love with as a little girl, atop the seat of my first two-wheeler. A blue Schwinn that my parents still have to this day.
Do unto others. It's such a basic principle, and yet so many of us have swiftly forgotten how vital this basic premise is to maintain a peaceful society.
It's an ideology that is essential to even our closest relationships.
Looking back on some of my connections - both romantic and those of a friendly nature - I feel that sometimes I've come out on the short end of the stick. I don't know that there's any way to avoid that; some of us are givers, others are takers.
I'm okay with that.
It just hurts a teensy weensy bit when I feel like I can't rely on a friend to mirror the way I'm there for them.
And that's when I start broadening my social circle, looking for new connections and brighter opportunities.
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