“There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one’s life—Reciprocity” – Confucius
There is a force in the Universe that has been called the Law of Reciprocity. What goes around, comes around. What you give, you get. I do for you, because I know you would do for me. A simple enough concept to understand, and one that is both rational and delightfully motivational. Modern evolutionary psychology has confirmed it to be a common human ethos; sociologically speaking, this is the fundamental character or spirit of a culture.
It is a human force that gives us strength when we need it, a hand, a favor, advice, assistance, support, resources, a shoulder to cry on, a word of encouragement, hope. It does not mean sacrificing, or letting yourself be taken advantage of – yet it is not selfish. It embraces grace, but does not intend to deny reward. It has the power to defeat the entitlement mentality, but if not properly understood and applied, can feed into it.
It can appear in the form of millions of dollars in relief aid from one country to another, or as subtle and effortless as giving a contagious smile to someone who needs it. Though not always apparent in the forefront of our consciousness, it has been around since the time of man.
This little blog post, and the above picture that I took and have titled “Tucson Balcony Sunset” is my gift to you today. I’m happy to remind you that sometimes even the smallest actions will cause a brilliantly positive influence and may even change someone’s life. Be positive. Pass it on.
Suzanne Scales is the Executive Director of the Flagstaff campus of CollegeAmerica. Suzanne has been employed with CollegeAmerica since 2002. She started at the Denver campus as an instructor and has served in the roles of lead instructor, Associate Dean, Interim Dean of Education and Associate Director. She moved to Flagstaff in August 2008, and absolutely loves it there. She brings to the table 13 years of experience in education, and 8 years experience in the field of healthcare.