Steal from myself? “How could I possibly steal from myself?” you ask. You’d be surprised. I see it happening all the time.
I see people insisting upon taking something for themselves which they could have received as a gift. They demand to have something from someone who would have gladly given it to them freely as a gift. I’m not sure what motivates this stealing of the gift before it can be given. There may be different motivations in different people and in different circumstances.
Sometimes it’s a theft of time, others a theft of goodwill or service, sometimes it is simply your attention they must grab and other times it may be your actual resources or possessions. They don’t trust people to give to them out of generosity perhaps, but some will not even accept an offer of generosity if it will not be given according to their terms or in their timeframe. Again, they rob themselves of a ‘gift’ by insisting upon the gift being given according to their own terms.
As sad and distressing it is to have someone steal something they need from one who would have gladly given it, sadder yet, is when someone steals from someone else so as not to use their own resources. Many of us would happily pick up the tab for a friends meal, however, when they come to expect it and always hand us the bill when they have the full means of paying it themselves, the gift turns sour in our mouth. The same is true even when no finances are involved. When you demand or expect the ‘gift’ it is no longer a gift and both the giver and receiver have lost a piece of joy.
Don’t be so greedy for gifts that you end up never receiving any and don’t rob others of the joy of being able to FREELY give to you.