Relationship Rationales

Bob and Mike grew up together and became partners. One day Mike caught Bob opening their safe and taking out money. “Bob, how can you do this to me? I supported you in all your endeavors. I got you your coop apartment before I got mine, because you had to move out of your crazy girlfriends place, and you made thousands when you sold it. I loaned you money to start your business that you never paid back. I gave you good advice throughout your career. How can you have so little regard for me?”
“Yes, all that is true. But what have you done for me lately?”

Reciprocity should come easily and often. For some however, even if you positively changed their lives significantly for years, by your interaction, support, creativity, work, and actions, it is not enough. Perhaps you should develop some new friendships?

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