Great Expectations…this is your next clue.

No, I am not referring to the book. Or the film.

Great Expectations (1999 film)

Great Expectations (1999 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But, I do have a few questions for you.

When you help someone, what do you expect in return for your generosity?

I Can BEE Generous

I Can BEE Generous (Photo credit: Enokson)

Gratitude?  And exactly how do you expect someone to show you their gratitude?

Gratitude Journal

Gratitude Journal (Photo credit: limevelyn)

Recognition?

UEFA Recopa Icon

UEFA Recopa Icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Love/Like?  Do you think they should love you, or at the very least, like you forever?

Love ? I love love love you.

Love ? I love love love you. (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Repayment?  Of which sort?

Debt Payment

Debt Payment (Photo credit: Images_of_Money)

Do you help with money, ever, or just with service? Why?

I Love Money

I Love Money (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now, most people respond with “nothing”.  I never, ever believe that response.  No one, I repeat, no one, is altruistic.  You may hide your expectations deep down inside, but, they are there.  Just be honest with yourself.

Mother Theresa statue, Struga

Mother Theresa statue, Struga (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When you give someone advice, do you expect them to take that advice and act on it?

The Citizens Advice Bureau Logo.

The Citizens Advice Bureau Logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you really believe people should behave just like you?

Film poster for Copycat - Copyright 1995, Warn...

Film poster for Copycat – Copyright 1995, Warner Bros. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did you know it is impossible to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes”?  There is no way your perception of the circumstances would ever be the same.

walk a mile in my shoes...

walk a mile in my shoes… (Photo credit: Seite-3)

Did you know “no strings attached”  does not exist?  There are always strings because of the expectations.

string puppets

string puppets (Photo credit: anthonli)

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