I watched a rather funny video which got me seriously thinking afterwards. For those who may be unable to watch it, let me give you a narrative. A man on a motorbike came across a beggar and decided to be give him something. As he was taking out money from his wallet, someone hurriedly snatched his wallet and ran away. As he ran after the snitcher, the beggar got up and rode his away motorbike. Taken aback and confused about what had just happened, he took his phone to make a call. When he put the phone to his ear, the beggar turned motorbike thief along with the wallet thief rushed past him, snatching his phone away and took off.
Shocking, huh? I suppose it would be funny, watching it all happen in a video. But if it were to happen to anyone in real life, it would be all but amusing. This scenario is quite unlikely to happen literally-being blindsided by a supposed vulnerable person and being ripped off in broad daylight. But in more ways than one, this sometimes happens to us.
When someone acts as a double-faced character in a movie or drama series and perfectly plays the role, he/she is applauded and called ‘versatile.’ When someone you consider a friend or family stabs you in the back, he would be called every unpleasant word ever created with no consideration to his ‘versatile prowess.’ Why, because the former is a role played to entertain and educate people, the latter is just inhuman!
Most of us have come across people who seemed genuinely in need of help who betrayed us unexpectedly because we let our guard down. It is said we shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds us and that we shouldn’t repay good with evil but it seems that doesn’t apply to everyone. It hurts and it can turn a good generous heart into a bitter and cold one.
But what do we do after such an unfortunate experience? Do we hang up our charitable coats and turn a blind eye to anyone else who seeks our help? Or do you consider that as an isolated case and keep on doing good? Or perhaps just proceed with caution?
The world is filled with lots of selfish, unscrupulous people who wouldn’t mind robbing you of all you have with no prick on their conscience. Allowing fear of being duped or betrayed by them doesn’t mean we should ignore helping people out. But it doesn’t hurt to keep an open eye out for fraudsters (be it financial and emotional). The fact that a loved one hurt you doesn’t mean good people don’t exist and so your love story is forever sealed in doom. Never let the negative feelings get inside you and corrupt you of your good heart. And don’t worry, just as one good turn deserves another; I believe it applies to a bad turn as well.
Ever been blindsided by a seemingly nice or vulnerable person? How did you feel? How did you move on from that? Any lessons shared? Kindly share.
© Josephine Amoako 2016