About 6 months ago, my neighbor asked me if I wouldn’t mind sharing my Wi-Fi password. I decided to give it to him because it wouldn’t cost me anything extra, and because I got along with him. Yesterday, as I was getting out of the car, the neighbor was at his door, getting ready to come outside. I stopped to talk a bit as he held the door open. He happily told me he now had Netflix. At that, jokingly I said: ′′I work hard, I barely have time to watch TV, but, if you could lend me your password to watch some shows, I would appreciate it “. A voice was heard in the distance, coming from inside the house. It was his wife, ′′We can’t give the password to her, because I’m the one who pays the bill and I can’t share it.” The man apologized and I said it was no problem. We kept talking about other things, and as I left, he stayed working outside. When I happened to look outside a little while later, I noticed the man’s wife come outside. She seemed very nervous and upset. They both went into the house. After a few minutes, he and his wife came to my door to tell me the Wi-Fi password wasn’t working anymore. I looked at them and said, ′′ I changed my password, because it’s me paying the bill and I can’t share it “. The wife turned red and tried to say something, but I said, ′′Ma’am, I have my network and you have your Netflix, everything is fine and everyone is happy”. They turned around and left. They never spoke to me again.
This story isn’t mine, but here’s the lesson I learned from it:
- Friendship must be mutual.
- Love must be mutual.
- Affection must be mutual.
In 2020/2021 I intend to return
silence with silence,
absences with absences,
affection with affection,
Betrayal with betrayal,
friendship with friendship, and
loyalty with loyalty.
No more one-sided feelings.
Feelings must be mutual.
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