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Terms and Conditions
2/17/2020 12:00:01 AM by: C.L. Lawrence

        Do you ever take the time to read the “Terms and Conditions?” They’re everywhere, on just about everything in anyway associated with a service offered or use of a product. It’s a legally binding document, thousands of words in painful legalese, laying out in gut wrenching detail what the product or service promises to deliver and what is expected of the consumer; essentially the terms and conditions of the relationship between the product and consumer. It legally protects the company or manufacturer from any mistaken assumptions on the part of the consumer about the product or service.

        While some Terms and Conditions require the consumer’s initials throughout the document, all require a legally binding signature (hardcopy or electronic) at the end affirming that the consumer has read and agrees to everything stated in the body of the document.

        How often do you read the Terms and Conditions? I venture to say, not often. We click the box that says, “I agree” so that we can download the app or get the “Free Trial” and move on.

Relationship have Terms and Conditions

        Terms and Conditions aren’t just related to service. They’re most often subtly, yet inextricably embedded in every type of relationship; teacher/student, friendship; lover, marriage, person/pet, ….. Every relationship in the earth is a give/take proposition, therefore has spoken or unspoken terms and conditions. That’s an incontrovertible fact.

The questions to you are these:

  1. Do you read (or have you read) the Terms and Conditions in the relationship(s) in your life?
  2. Do you have your own well thought out Terms and Conditions?
  3. Are you even aware that Terms and Conditions are active in your relationships?

There are basically two types of people, Givers and Takers.

  • Takers stay in relationships (any kind) only as long as the well of their needed supply lasts. When the well dries up, they, of necessity, move on. Takers also leave when there is a demand on them to give. They have nothing to give because they’re “takers.” Don’t waste good energy trying to change or be angry with takers. Snakes bite, birds fly, the sun shines, takers take.
  • Givers operate as though they have an inexhaustible supply. In other words, they give and keep on giving until they metaphorically collapse from exhaustion, or they just have nothing more to give. Someone must watch out for the vulnerable givers. They just get a fill up and start giving all over again if they don’t read and understand the Terms and Conditions.

        It’s still very early in the new year, the new decade. Take seriously the changes you want to see in your life. Only you can make them happen. Making anything happen starts with you. You are the boss of you. Take charge of your life. Start with protecting yourself by reading the terms and conditions in every relationship BEFORE you sign off. In fact, take the time to write your own terms and conditions. You are your own priceless product. Don’t allow anyone to come in and just “do their thing” in your world. Puts some terms and conditions around being in your sacred space. 

 

 

 

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