Been doing a lot of thinking recently; I mean I am always thinking don’t get it twisted, but been doing more thinking about my surroundings, my interactions and my “people” / network. It seems the older I have become, the more wise I try to be, the less tolerance I am developing. All my life I have strived to always do the right thing by others – not always myself. I have always tried to help when needed, asked or implied. I have always tried to impart any knowledge I may have on a subject or use my influence or connections to assist others. I have neither been perfect nor always cautious with my approach, but I have always been consistent. Basically, I have always tried to leave a positive or helpful deposit regardless of “delivery”. I have been taking stock of the deposits those around me, past or present, have made in my life. In being honest with myself, I have to admit – there have been only a small few who have made positive deposits, especially on a consistent basis. Very few have ever added or done anything without an ulterior motive or “want” in return. They are all cool, don’t get me wrong, as long as there is a benefit in it for them or a need within them are satisfied. They take all the time, be it actual time, energy, emotion, money etc…, but do they ever leave a deposit? When you are in need are they there to lend an ear, a hand or a shoulder? Sometimes it’s just knowing you can count on someone or someone actually “listening” when you need to get something off your chest. What’s crazy is when you choose not to give in or can not assist a person who you have always tried or have helped, how quick they flip and attack. They start to judge or become accusatory of your efforts, not seeing the pattern they have always exhibited. It’s always about them, never about you. Then you start hearing how “you’ve changed”, “you don’t care anymore” or the best one “you forgot where you came from”. Nah, its not that. Honestly it could mean you just couldn’t provide the necessary assistance or the assistance provided could not solve the actual issue. Perhaps the positive deposit being left is trying to help them problem solve on their own or see the pattern they’ve created, while giving them the room to adjust and fix. It’s not always that one specific instance, but rather all the instances before or after that will continue if the pattern is not altered. Sometimes it’s about big picture processing not individual, micro instance occurrences. And oh boy, when you call them on this, well – that’s a whole other post. Suffice it to say, the onus and wrath is put on you and the issue at hand gets blurred. We as people do evolve, not so much change. Our perspectives, based on life experiences change. We must adapt for sure. Life is full of stresses, most self created. Our time and energy is limited, especially the older we become. Thus we must surround ourselves with individuals who consistently leave positive deposits in our lives. I can only assume this is why some folks find God; it gives them that positive infusion of hope and purity we all seek. I am not saying forget all the old heads, never that. What I am saying out loud – truly hoping that I am hearing myself, is to just try to guard your time, heart and soul more. Take stock of those who provide the positive deposits in words, actions or shared experiences, even when they are masked in ways we choose not to see.
They say I’ve changed, I say you didn’t.
– Joe Budden