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Family ties

Family ties - Joseph Gaillard

It’s been awhile since I went back to my city and visited my relatives. It’s funny how people put so much emphasis on the blood relationships that tie them. As far as I am concerned, there is no one that I can vouch for or completely trust. Lesser people I love or I put my trust in, better it gets for me. Life taught me that my chances of being betrayed or stabbed in the back are much higher when family and business are involved.

So far I had two of my so dearly beloved relatives stabbing me in the back. I was a fool; I did not see it coming. These two hurt me so deeply that I swore never to mix family and business again. One destroyed my marriage; the other one stole my company. I guess it was a lesson and I had to learn the hard way.

These unfortunate stories taught me to have no expectations from anyone, trust no one but myself. When I found myself in the gutter, all I got from those who called themselves my family, relatives and friends was pity. No one held a hand to help me come out. No one moved a finger to show me the way. They all mumbled it was a cruel world and each one was busy dealing with their own problems.

Luckily for me, I managed to put myself together and start over again. On one hand I am grateful to all of them for not helping me, because all my success is mine. I don’t own anyone anything, which is the greatest freedom. On the other hand, it was hard to tame my anger and thirst for revenge.

There was a time when they needed my help. One after another. Life made it possible for me to be in their shoes, to be the one to whom they come with their tails between their legs and ask for favors. My first instinct was to turn them down and display a large smile on my face. As much as I wanted them to feel the same way I did, I didn’t react same as them. Thanks to my wife’s wisdom and her kind heart, I was able to find in my heart the power to forgive them.

Thus I opened my arms and embraced them, granting them all the favors they had asked. From paying for their surgeries, their debts, or simply having delivered one awning montreal.

Unlike them, I did not care about the money. The only difference between then and now is that I do not expect anything from them.

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