an old woman hit me (purposely) with her canew after i accidentally tripped her (but ultimately intercepted her fall and apologized sincerely).
hell yeah i was mad.
but as i was telling some people this story, i received a reaction that angered me more than the old lady.
this person tells me that this is precisely why i shouldn’t go about helping people, that it is not worth it. this person tells me that there are some who turn around and sue you for all you’ve got despite you trying to help them.
forgive me, but i think this world is cold enough. i know there are bitches and douchebags out there but, i also know there are some wonderful and kind people as well. sure, those who receive our aid may not always appreciate it and sure, sometimes they’re conniving little dickheads but what good are we doing for humanity if we become the same?
it would be a sad world if we continue this path of total self-interest.
let’s keep the respect, the manners, the kindness and the generosity.
already, we are too greedy, too vain and too selfish.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.