where do people get it in their heads that everything is free and that you have all the time in the world to do little such favors here and there for them?
excuse the vent, and before you get offended, note: this doesn't have to do with any person in particular. it's just the result of multiple recent occasions.
maybe it's the artist in me coming out sceaming hey! what we do takes a lot of time, energy, and resources, ok?
it's also a reminder to myself to appreciate favors and the time people give you - by assuming that you'll somehow reimburse them, or by taking the time to write a thank you card. there are always 2 sides to every story.
this is also not one of those cynical 'nothing in this world is free anymore/everything comes with strings attached' vents either. nope. it just comes down to simple common courtesy - gratitude, appreciation, and understanding.
you get what you give. you reap what you sow. those who always take, take, take will pretty soon run their kind friends dry. it's all about the give and the take. and for those of you who feel walked over and burnt out, i would strongly encourage you to set some boundaries, put your foot down, and take care of yourself. you've been created with strength and dignity.