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Great post I know the feeling. And I have kicked those people to the curb.

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I refuse to be a stepping stone for others. I will not be a "doormat" for others, either.

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Dear Abby used to have a saying "Someone can only take advantage of you if you let them" I always liked that phase and it helped me remember there is a powerful but small word in the English language, NO!

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Stepping stones by choice and only if appreciated &midget39 Great post Got me singing the Monkees song with the words I'm not your stepping stone...

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I totally agree with you &midget39 I just think we should all be genuinely appreciated, or not as the case maybe , never be a doormat is the word I would use! lol!

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&CloudExplorer Absolutely on the button. We've to give genuinely; at the same time, set your boundaries and state your limitations. Thanks for sharing the thoughts on the subject with us!!

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Sorry for many of the typos down below, was typing to quickly!
Corrections: "I stand firm on my convictions" "Then so be it"

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I like the way you personified the chicken in the beginning, and I sensed whee this article was headed for sure. Yes indeed many of us volunteer our time to provide for others to utilize. SOme of us go overboard feeling as though we need to help others, because we owe it to humanity to do so. I give from my heart and will never look back as though others have used me. I use me pretty much in every bit of the sense. I will not give others the pleasure in having any form of acknowledgement of the such that I was used or abused by me providing a free service to them. No way, I'm not an indian giver. I'm actually a person who was trained by my mother to be genuine with giving, and so whenever I decide to offer up my assistance to someone it is just that genuine as a offering. I however stipulate my limitations upon first request if folks either ask me for help without any sort of payment requirement, or I will tell them ahead of time as well what all I am to do for them due to such limitations.

I think by being real with yourself, and all others around you. It establishes a common ground, and so being a stepping stone in my eyes take a reverse psychological approach thereafter, because people will know that when they deal with me they know what their getting in every way. No games, no B.S. you know! Some folks though are fake when they deal with many things in this life, and they die to almost anything and everything said to them, or they say to others. This is where your article aims at clearly, towards those who have no idea who they are, because they never establish a hard rock foundation of truth to stand firm on, always wavering about mostly. Thanks for writing this article, I stand form on my convictions, I aim to help humanity because I sacrifice myself to make such a need and change come about. This was my calling both offline and online, and I am just getting started so help me God. If he blesses me to keep on keeping on. The so be it, the world shall see a better day because I firmly believe in helping others which can spread like a cure! and helping from the core of my existence requires no giving back to me from anyone, because its from my heart of hearts! Midget :)

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