3. When considering a new relationship of any kind, practice the Rule of Threes regarding the claims and promises a person makes, and the responsibilities he or she has. Make the Rule of Threes your personal policy.
ONE lie, one broken promise, or a single neglected responsibility may be a misunderstanding instead. TWO may involve a serious mistake. But THREE lies says you're dealing with a liar, and deceit is the linchpin of conscienceless behavior. Cut your losses and get out as soon as you can. Leaving, though it may be hard, will be easier now than later, and less costly.
Do not give your money, your work, your secrets, or your affection to a THREE-TIMER. Your valuable gifts will be wasted.
H/T: The Sociopath Next Door - pg 157.
That's what this bible verse got me thinking about:
"everyone lies to their neighbor."
All of this makes me think of this quote:
"Be careful who you open up to. Only a few people actually care, the rest just want to have something to gossip about."
All of that makes me think about my expectations. I seriously need to lower my expectations because I have allowed myself to be hurt and I'm tired of being hurt. I will no longer be surprised or shocked when people show me who they really are. I pray I have the courage and the strength to distance myself because there are a lot of great people out there in this world who are able to truly love.