The disparity of giving and receiving is often the cause of conflict in a relationship. There is almost always one who gives, gives, gives, and then is disappointed when nothing comes in return, and another who takes, takes, takes, but cannot truly appreciate what they are receiving. Resentment ensues, and what began as a passionate and committed relationship grinds to an abrupt and unexpected halt. In some cases, years are spent bearing this resentment, both parties accumulating an exhaustive list of reproaches as thick as a phonebook.
Those who give while expecting something in return, give with condition. Ultimately, they feel like they don’t deserve; an old, forgotten feeling, still lying there deep down, covered in resentment and demanding retribution.
This is also valid for the other half of the equation: those who don’t have the capacity to give, only to take from another. For them, nothing is ever enough, they are never satisfied; they take, but they cannot receive.
In both cases love must be found within, and when it is discovered, the fear of giving dissolves. With it goes the fear of receiving. Then, a new cycle is formed, that starts with giving, always giving, unconditionally. As a consequence, you begin to truly receive: everything comes to you, flowing in an eternal circle of unbounded, unconditional love, which knows only to share and to flow.