Some are givers. Some are takers.
Takers forget they have their own to take from
They blame the giver for cutting them off,
When all that they ever needed was their own.
Giving to a taker constantly is different than sharing.
Sharing holds integrity.
Giving is wonderful so long as the taker
Knows what integrity is.
That moment when you stop giving and the taker reels out in protest....
Awww muffin are you scorned because someone figured out that all you do is take, giving nothing back?
That's gotta hurt.
'God Bless the child that's got it's own'
What happens when the takers are all lumped together, sitting at the same table, all part of the same club? They begin a frenzy and destroy each other. Just sit back with the popcorn and watch.....
While others concern themselves with your world, make it a good show for them. Do and be your best, live your life and let them see, they have nothing you want, you are what is wanted. And all they had to do was look within and find it in themselves.
Whenever I think of 'takers' I am immediately drawn to the 'No Face' Character from the animated film 'Spirited Away'. This character offers what looks like what others might want or desire, but it's a false promise that will turn into dirt after they have accepted it and then been devoured by the character. (it might be feces and not dirt, that symbolism is more fitting to be honest)
Devouring friends, their energy, time and resources is what takers do though....
Give and Take
The easiest, quickest way to protect yourself in this world
Is to give everything you have to it, your heart, soul, work and time.
Oh it's not easy or quick in the giving,
It pulls and tears and strains.
And in the end you're whole, your integrity remains.
So you gave them your ideas, your creations and time.
Gave advice and shaped paths they didn't have to unwind.
You opened up doors and transitioned them, lessening blows.
Without hard work, dedication and the like of natural foes.
And so the lesson is to not do the work of others
But give as you will to the point that it smothers
For in the giving you offer two sides of the coin
A faithful friend for life or a syphoned black and empty void.
In the giving you see who'll suck you dry.
You'll see who would truth-tell or secretly lie.
The giving protects when the takers have their way
The giving lashes out and shelters you from being prey.
The taker forgot long ago, that receiving is a gift
And it offers a chance to take up others to lift
And the taker swims greedily in the labor not theirs
Pretends that they've toiled and deserve half the shares.
As takers, there's never enough, to satiate their hunger for more
No substance to fill the dark void of their soul dropped on the floor.
For to them, the soul is a wasteful endeavor in this life
It makes you work harder and put up with the strife.
And the taker is a lizard, a chameleon of sorts to hide
It takes and pretends, around truth it slithers and slides.
It shows you a face most appealing to your taste
It listens and gathers, in fact, it maniacally waits.
One day you'll feel your giving has run you dry
They'll turn their backs and wail and cry.
There'll be no person to turn to in your loss
The version you knew is now covered in moss.
The beauty of the giver is your well is never dry
You have a faunt running smoothly from within
The takers are empty knowing not how to create
And so in taking they commit their darkest sin.
They set a trap for themselves and they point fingers and scream.
The unfairness of being cut off from the flow.
The taker is an actor and broken bridge of lament
And is either lacking in or sold out their soul.
In the giving you protect the whole that is you
Giving freely without payment or debt
In the giving you cast a spell that protects
And leaves puddles where the taker has wept.
For the moment you withdraw, your giving, loving ways
The moment you tell them no more
In that moment you're shown expectations blown up
And you pay for their own selfish scorn.
There's a sickness in taking that isn't within
A child is blessed when able to create on it's own.
In not needing another to syphon off from
For truly you'll reap what it is that you've sewn.
The taker will always be lacking in in this world
As the giver will know abundance divine
The taker will confuse abundance and it's gifts
While the giver will ne'er be a beggar or blind.
©2015 Cari-Lee Miller
The moral of my story....
My point is that if you are a giver, you should never, ever stop! Don't let the void-less, vacuum-takers hurt your spirit or make you feel small. Don't allow them to discourage you for longer than your initial disappointment. Don't allow them to cause harm past their thieving ways and make sure that you close up the leaks they might syphon your energy from. It's OK to be a giver, it's not a detriment at all. You will find that as you balance it all out, more givers will be a part of your circle and you will find this way of invoking an eternal giving cycle with them. No one will keep score of who gives more and it will all just flow naturally. Will there still be takers out to steel our shine and whatever else they can get their hands on? Of course! We're all growing with each experience though, before you know it, your instincts will let you know far in advance who and what to look out for.
Go easy on yourself and even them. It's kind of like they don't even know what they are doing because they have been functioning that way for so long that they know no other way. We all walk our own path and your responsibility is to your own. Keep giving, just use your discernment and be gentle with yourself. Remember...gifting is like a protection spell :) It truly is.
It is the simplest, most intricate events in this life that cultivate slowly to make the greatest things happen. These small weavings through time are a treasures we often overlook. Walk each moment in a way that leaves you whole and not wanting. Not always the way it goes but surely the way most rewarding, most memorable and most pleasing when hindsight sits at your feet, beckoning you to understand the lesson.
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