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This is where youth comes in. I may well become a jaded old woman, but since I'm
still pretty young and have plenty of time to give, I do that. I read an Alice
Walker book once that made me rethink my purpose in life, and I have to admit I
was one arrogant nasty person in my 20's, which comes from boarding school
education, being very pretty, and from an affluent family, not to mention
smart---but I wasn't very nice, and I realized that being nice emcompasses
helping others, and that being nice ("being kind" to quote Holy Smoke) is what
it's all about----and sure I've been taken advantage of, hurt, stamped on,
squashed, maligned, and devastated, but I still continue to help others. And no,
I don't like that feeling, but if you lower your expectations and just give then
you get hurt a lot less.
Herman Holtz wrote:
> Well said, Bruce. I still help many people, even do pro bono writing and
> research occasionally, but not with the ardor of years ago. I especially
> remember one young man who called. I invited him to visit, I talked with him
> for a couple of hours, I designed a format for a Web site he wanted to
> start, and I wrote a good bit of text for it to help him get started. Not
> too much later, he made a deal to sell it to a very prominent company, and
> wouldn't take my calls or email. It's a case I especially remember, but by
> no means an isolated one. I don't like the feeling of having been used. Does
> anyone? - Herm
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