It’s easy to let the disappointing behavior of a few close our hearts to the possibilities of the many. Nobody likes to be taken advantage of, and all of us would benefit from learning to respond wisely and thoughtfully to the approach of persons we don’t know well.
But we would lose something important in our individual and community soul if we let one betrayal or disappointment keep us from taking a chance to help others who come to us for assistance and friendship in the future.
P.T. Barnum is credited with noting, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” That may be so, and there always will be a few who play that card to their advantage. We can watch for that, but let’s resist the temptation to step away from the table and keep our cards to ourselves. -DR