Things are looking up if you’re willing to accept the compassion from unlikely sources. But be careful of those who simply want to ride on your coat tails. They may not deserve the extra effort on your part to pull them along. Nor should they be trusted for the long haul ahead.
It’s one thing to play the part of the fool and another to be foolish. It’s another day to be careful of someone who pretends to be on your side, but is only in it for themselves. Make sure your compassion is being given to the right party and for the right reasons. Trust is earned, it’s not given blindly.
You know the difference between being a friend and only acting the part. If you’re not sure who can keep a confidence, then keep your secrets to yourself. If you absolutely need someone to talk to, then find someone who’s business it is to keep quiet. Therapists, psychologists and clergy are good sources for that.
Sometimes the only person you can count on to look out for you, is you. Accept the compassion from others and celebrate the kindness of family and friends. But choose your confidences wisely, so you don’t get stabbed in the back later on.
It’s not always a good time to be so cynical, but today is one of those days. Trust your inner gut feelings, listen to your inner voice and you’ll find the way through the forest.
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