050 – The Golden Rule & Throwing Pearls to Swine

by | Mar 19, 2024 | Podcast

Life is unfortunately full of unequal exchanges. You give more than you get. Or you get more than you give. Over the long haul, these types of exchanges always tend to balance out. But the process the universe uses to balance things can occur as chaotic.

In this episode of Creativity Excitement Emotion, David shares his experience with unequal exchanges.

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Highlights:

00:17 – Treat others as you would like to be treated
01:36 – Enduring hell
02:46 – You can control what you say, not what others feel

Transcript:

The golden rule is “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” So, for as long as I can remember, I’ve always treated others with kindness and respect and understanding and given them plenty of space. Even if they get angry, even if they’re weird people, they’d usually get a second and maybe even a third or fourth chance with me.

As things went on and I got taken advantage of and didn’t want to be a doormat anymore, I decided that I couldn’t be that kind or that giving. I couldn’t be that respectful of everyone.

Because the reality is a lot of people just don’t deserve it. But those seeds were planted.

And I’m still a kind person. I try to treat people with respect and treat them the way that I would like to be treated as much as possible. So, I’m not just thinking about me and my convenience.

If it’s about me and my safety, that’s a whole other fucking matter. I will get out of a situation as quickly as I possibly can if it’s about my safety, and I’ve had to do that.

But if it’s not a matter of safety, I’m the gentlest giant you’re going to find. And I’m not that big. 6’1”, 6’2” is tall, but I’m not huge. I’m not Michael Jordan. I’m not an NBA star.

And so, when I think about the way that I’ve been treated – and I’m not referring to my friends – but when I think about the way I’ve been treated in the last year plus… In a situation where I can’t find a fucking home or I’m having to go from place to place, at times paying for exorbitant Airbnb fees, trying to figure out what the fuck I’m going to do next, working my ass off every single week to make sure that an income comes in so I can sustain some kind of lifestyle.

Have I been treated all that well? I mean, it’s human to look at the situation and evidence for all the reasons why people didn’t treat you with respect. I could do that, and I’m sure I could find a bunch. But the reality is I haven’t been treated badly by everyone.

But some of the most disappointing ones are the ones that should know better, in my opinion. But they do say that when crimes occur, it’s usually someone you know. It’s more likely to be someone you know stealing from you, taking from you, or doing things to your property than someone you don’t know.

And it’s just like, “I may have made you feel a certain way, but you have to take responsibility for how you feel.” It doesn’t work the other way. You can’t put that on me. I can control what I say, but I can’t control how you interpret it and how you feel about it as much as I might want to.

So, if something is going on, man, come to me first, and let’s have a conversation. Seriously. Don’t just go assuming things. Don’t just go and make plans of your own. I’m a safe guy. I’m not going to do anything to you.

But if it’s something concerning my living situation or my lifestyle, come and talk to me first. Jesus Christ.

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