Through a simple gesture, I recently connected a friend who does good work (more like acquaintance) to someone relatively “famous” and evidently well-connected who was looking to hire someone for a project. This is what I do. I try to help out people that I respect.
Turns out that friend got hired for the project. I got no thank you or any kind of acknowledgement, aside from a “like” in the comment that I originally tagged him in that was soliciting people to contract for the project.
I really don’t care that I wasn’t asked to be involved or to even meet the person of fame, but I’m pretty disappointed that I didn’t get any explicit gesture of gratitude. Meanwhile, my friend is essentially bragging all over Instagram and Facebook about the project. Not to mention, he brought our other mutual friend (through whom we had met) in on the project as well.
Anyway, I just needed to get this out there so I can begin to stop being bitter about it.
Doesn’t surprise me when people talk about how the “Aloha Spirit” is dying here. There are simply more takers and less givers.
I wonder if I’m giving up too easily.
Then again, in the past persistence and dedication always made things way worse for me in the end. I shouldn’t invest too much too soon.
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears."