There’s an old saying,
“What goes around, comes around”
and, while most people are familiar with the saying, they are always surprised by the negative things that happen to them.
To me, it’s not surprising at all. I see people taking advantage of other people so it makes sense to me that these people will have others taking advantage of them. I also see these same people feeling like victims when the people they took advantage of, suddenly leaves them because they have had enough of this kind of abusive behavior.
A man I knew was always being taken advantage of by family members. They would go into business together and then walk away from the business leaving this man with all the debts. When I advised him not to go into business with family members, he just shrugged his shoulders and said, “they’re family.” Years later, I saw him doing the same thing to someone else so it was no wonder that it kept coming back and biting him in the wallet.
It’s amazing the way people think they can get away with abusive behavior and not pay the piper at some time. Sometimes it takes several lifetimes to catch up with you but sometimes it happens in the same lifetime, but decades later, from your first abusive behavior until the other person walks away from you.
Many decades ago, I watched a man leave his creditors hanging without so much as an apology or a look of remorse. Then I watched when his patients left without paying him for his services. As a doctor, he couldn’t ask his patients for payment before he examined them, so it was interesting to hear him whine and complain about them not paying their bills. And, still, he didn’t see the connection between what he had been doing to others and what was being done to him.
These negative actions can be misconstrued as random acts that keep happening to them but they, very clearly, are not random acts. They are the embodiment of what goes around, comes around. You can’t ignore the needs of others without the same thing happening to you. It’s not possible. It’s a universal law that as you sow, so shall you reap.
You can even say the right words but the actuality is that actions speak louder than words. You can even apologize for your bad behavior but if you do it again, your words mean nothing and, once again, don’t be surprised if, what goes around, comes around. We get what we deserve, however long it takes for us to reap what we have sown.
Written by Connie H. Deutsch
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