Gems of Gratitude, Reflections

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #4

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Today I am thankful for people who do not play games with other people’s emotions. Life is too short to waste valuable time, energy and effort in toying around with the emotions of others. I understand that sometimes people desire attention, and that sometimes people desire to be in control. I know that when a person receives attention from other people it can be almost addicting to a certain extent, especially if you are not used to receiving much attention. I also understand the human need to be appreciated, liked, cared for, and wanted, and I venture to think that most people feel the same way.

However, it is not alright for people to abuse the attention that they receive from others by taking advantage of that person’s emotions and desires. A person who chooses to play with the emotions of another person may feel like he or she is the king or queen of the world at first, but at some point they will crush the love and spirit of a person who genuinely cares for them, and that devastation will cause that one person who genuinely cares for him or her to leave. And then what? That person who previously felt as though he or she was on top of the world, has now hit rock bottom, and when they look around they realize that they are alone, that one person who truly cared for them has gone. And then what happens? In an attempt to cure the wound that has now developed in their life, that person will resume playing games with people. And this perpetual cycle will continue until the person playing games matures and realizes that they don’t have to live their life that way.

Those on the outside of these situations, as well as those on the receiving end of this type of treatment, often wonder why the person playing games does not recognize the harm that they are causing and then choose to put the games aside for the sake of maturity. However, as many of us have come to realize, people will only mature when they are ready. So, let’s hope that those who make it a habit of playing games with the emotions of others reach that state of being ready to mature sooner rather than later.

I am thankful that many of us have already chosen the path of maturity. And for those who have yet to do so, why prolong making a decision that will bring you peace and an increased level of quality of life? #lovebythedrop

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