The Tale Of Give and Take: How Give Became The Black Sheep In The Family Of Givers

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The Tale Of Give and Take: How Give became "Stingy" the "black sheep" in the family of Givers.

The Tale Of How Give Became "Stingy" The Black Sheep In The Family of Givers

Once upon a time there were two boys named Give and Take. These two boys were best friends before they became enemies. But, how did they become enemies? Take used to attack Give frequently and Give didn't complain but, remained generous to Take. 

This went on and on until Give could not tolerate it anymore. He decided to report to his mom Mrs Giver  the matter about his grievances following the abuse from Take. Give had tried to endure it but it was of no avail until he was left with no option than to speak out. After hearing her son out, Mrs Giver was so heartbroken and decided to confront Take about it through writing a letter to him. The letter reads: 

Dear Take

Please l beg you, be loving and caring to Give. Be at par (balance) with him. Never leave the scale heavier on your side. 

Yours Concerned

Mrs Giver (Give's mum)

 After reading the above letter, Take just laughed it off and teared the paper into tiny pieces and threw them in the air. He continued torturing and bullying Give until he became exhausted. This made the once generous and kind Give to retire from being nice and became "Stingy" the black sheep into the family of Givers. 

Moral Of The Story

For this world to be a better place, certain things needs to be at balance or equilibrium. There are people out there who are "takers". They take, take and take and never give anything in return. They foolishly think that they're the only ones who are entitled to receive and not obligated to give. They take from others until they leave them empty and dry.

The other category of people are the "givers". These people give, give and give until there is nothing left to give. They end up tired and exhausted. What is it then that needs to be done to correct this error under the sun? It is through incorporating the Give and Take Rule. What does this rule say?Here is what it says, "Thou shall not take without giving in return. There are three reciprocity styles which are:  givers, takers and matchers.


They like to get more than they give. They tilt reciprocity in their own favor, putting their own interests ahead of others needs. Takers believe that the world is a competitive, "dog-eat-dog" place. They feel that to succeed, they need to be better than others.


These people are a relatively rare breed. They tilt reciprocity in the other direction, preferring to give more than they get. Givers are "other-focused", paying more attention to what other people need from them. 


People become matchers when they arrive to preserve an equal balance of giving and getting. Matchers operate on the principle of fairness. When they help others, they protect themselves by seeking reciprocity. If you are a matcher, you believe in "tit-for-tat" and your relationships are governed by even exchanges of favors.

Giving, taking and matching are three fundamental styles of social interaction. One might find out that they shift from one reciprocity style to another. All three reciprocal styles have their own benefits and drawbacks. But, then there is one style that proves more costly than the other two. That is the giving style. 

According to research, givers tend to sink to the bottom of the success ladder. Givers are at a disadvantage; they make others better off but sacrifice their own success in the process. It appears that givers  are just too caring, too trusting and too willing to sacrifice their own interests for the benefit of others.

However, the good side when it comes to givers is that when they win, people will be rooting for them and supporting them rather than shooting them down. Givers succeed in a way that creates a ripple effect, enhancing the success of people around them. The Word of God supports this notion in the book of Luke 6: 38 which says, "Give and it shall be given unto you, a measure pressed down and shaken together and running over shall be poured into your lap." The book of Acts 20:35 also says, "lt is more blessed to give than to receive.

 Having looked upon this three reciprocity styles, l can conclude by saying; what matters the most is balance between these styles as the common saying states, "too much of everything is dangerous" If you want to receive then give that which you want to receive. By honouring and respecting the Give and Take Rule, you will make the world a better place for every living soul.

****The End****



Submitted: October 29, 2020

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