I have poured myself out to humanity with generosity, kindness, honesty, love and compassion. I will continue to do so but something has changed. I will not expect anything at all in return, not from humanity, not anymore.
There was a time when I thought and believed that humanity worked and functioned within the laws of nature. The simple laws, not the ones made up by philosophers like laws of attraction, karma, least effort, detachment, etc. Those are the poetic laws of humanity regularly witnessed but rarely played out unlike the ones in nature that are seldom witnessed but are always playing out.
I gave everything to humanity because of love and because I really wanted to be part of it. To uplift it, to share it, to enjoy it. But I find that I am not part of the collective and now I know that I do not want to be. I found repeatedly that supporting another human being did not translate into being supported. I found that lending someone else a hand when they were in trouble did not mean that I would find the support when I needed it. That being generous with my money rarely resulted in appreciation, service or quality. And that when I least expect it, other human beings believe and act on the belief that they have a right to take more from me than I am willing to give (despite my remarkable assertive qualities). I've walked hillsides with Grizzly Bears and have felt less threatened than sitting in a room full of lawyers or government officials.
I did not come here for that, I guess. What I came for was the plants, the trees, the bugs, the experience of sunshine, wind and water. I came for the simple pleasure of making eye contact with a wild animal and walking away, both unscathed. I came here to care for a dog, a cat a bird, a fish and know without a doubt that all I would gain from it was simple love and nothing more. Also knowing that the love would never require me to drain myself to keep it flowing. Dogs love me even when I don't feed them.
Try cleaning the dust off the leaves of a plant. Just gently wipe away the grime and feel the simplicity of helping someone else breathe better. No, it's not a human being. It's just alive. In some intangible way, I'll bet that the simple act will bring you some measure of peace. And if it doesn't, keeping doing it until it does. It's worth the effort.