I remember as a little girl I overfed the gold fish. It died.
I was heartbroken because I did not know what I had done wrong. I thought I must go on giving endlessly.
Growing up, I had to relearn that lesson. Relearn that living beings are equally susceptible to indigestion from an overkill of attention, as to starvation.
People always take if you are willing to give, but do they give back food to nourish your soul or theirs?
It was a hard lesson, and I am still learning. Especially hard, because it goes against my natural grain. I was taught to give, never to take.
But life is all about that push and pull. You need to know when to give and when to hold back.
That’s what happy, healthy relationships are all about. Give and take. Barter. That’s the crux on which every ancient civilisation has survived and thrived. But somewhere we lost the lesson.
We need to be taught that Take is not such a bad word. In order to be well, you must take.
Let go of years of conditioning and take what nourishes your soul. Grab it by the horns but, know when to stop taking. Take till it satiates you, and know when to push back.