Think about all the things going on in your life: work, school, family, friends, all that. Think about how much you time and energy you pour into those things. Now ask yourself this question:
What am I getting back?
If you are providing support, you deserve support. If you are giving respect, you deserve respect. If you are listening and striving for understanding, you absolutely deserve to be listened to and understood.
This applies at home, at work, and anywhere else. You should get back what you put in.
But–and it’s a BIG but–you also have to communicate your feelings.
Have you told the person (or people) that you’ve been supporting/respecting/listening to that you aren’t getting the same in return?
Sharing your perspective is the most important part of all this, and yet it’s the part that often gets skipped. How do I know this? Because I’m the one who hates confrontation. I will avoid it at all cost.
Communication does not have to equal confrontation.
If these people truly love you, care about you, and value you, they’ll hear you out. They’ll try to meet you halfway.
And if they don’t, just remember this:
I put my work in–day in, day out!
Baby I deserve it–don’t let me down.
You used to make me feel like a diamond.
Now it don’t even seem like you’re tryin’…
So give me one good reason I should need you?Kelly Clarkson, ‘Heat’