I heard someone once say that you get what you demand, and I think there is some truth to that. Specifically, it is dependent upon what you demand BEFORE you respond to others.
There is the long said phrase that mothers tell their daughters about not giving up sex… a man won’t buy the cow if he can get the milk for free. Again.. a dated and offensive depiction but containing truth.
Take it from me and my long running life example. If you jump to help everyone that you see in need, you will find yourself drained, unthanked, without similar helpers, and alone. That doesn’t mean that no one helps you. The problem is when you dedicate too much of your life to those who when you BEGAN to help had given you reason to doubt them.
Before you begin to help others, ask yourself this question. What have they done for me? Then, if you have no history, watch what they do for you, and make your decisions from there. They will let you know what you can expect from them, and you can decide IF you continue to help them. That test will be the difference between A sacrifice and a sacrificed LIFE.