What You Give Is What You Get

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This is a weekly advice and opinion column written by my mother, Fariba. If you have any questions or would love an opinion on something, please feel free to ask in the comments below. 

When I was a kid, my grandma used to tell me, “Always be a good person and do good all the time.” I remember I once asked her, “But Grandma, what if other kids don’t act nice or they just aren’t good people?”

She smiled and responded, “That’s okay. You should still be good to them. Because in life, what you give is what you receive.” In that moment, I didn’t truly understand what she meant, however, over time, I have come to learn exactly what that means. 

More and more throughout my adult life, I have seen her point proven in various scenarios and experiences. I have seen people who have done good deeds receive good things. And I have seen people who have done wrong (whether it was intentional or not) pay the consequences.

My grandma’s lesson has taught me stop and remember that if you judge, lie, cheat, steal, or do anything with negative intention, you’re just harming yourself in the long run. It’s also allowed me to take comfort in the fact that if I do my part as a good human being, I’m bound to have good returned to me.

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