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Sometimes you have to think first of yourself
Before you consider another.
This lesson is learned just by living your life
And not taught by school or your mother.

It’s natural to sacrifice comfort or time
To help out a friend who is needy;
But saying “I can’t” when you really cannot
Doesn’t mean that you’re selfish or greedy.

For instinct kicks in and it trumps even guilt,
So you do not need justification
To satisfy those who may challenge the choices
You’ve made for your self-preservation.

It’s hard to accept that you can’t always be
Quite as giving as your own perception.
If you’re lucky, those times won’t define who you are
And your friends will forgive the exception.

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  1. Date: 7/21/2013 1:54:00 PM
    It seems if you do some friendships are through. I guess there's a lesson to learn. But you have to wonder what they would have done if only the tables were turned. :) Peace. :)

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 1:30:00 AM
    this is one suggestion easy for me to take. Good one, dearie!!

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 1:22:00 AM
    Wonderfuil write, and so to the point and true, loved it Peter

  1. Date: 7/18/2013 8:52:00 PM
    This is so true, but a lot of people have a hard time saying no. Myself among them. It is a valuable lesson to learn though. Very nice!

  1. Date: 7/18/2013 7:11:00 PM
    I Like This 'Knowing' One's Own Heart As Overriding The Stings And Flesh ? Striving For A More Beautiful Light What Perception ~ Love, John