This is quite a cliché phrase, and is often said in a negative context!
But I am using it differently: It is worth acknowledging that, at the end of the day, we all must provide for ourselves!
We all have our own dreams, goals, aspirations, families, close friends, and significant others; and we all want the same fundamental things.
There are those you can trust, of course, but the best way to keep yourself rooted and at ease is to know that each and every person has his or her own agenda.
You cannot control others. You cannot expect them to put you before themselves. And trying to do so may work for a period of time, but eventually, the truth will rise to the surface.
Instead, make it a point to address and help others move toward their own dreams, as you request their help in moving toward yours.
The relationship will more smoothly move in the right direction this way.
- Nicolas Cole (modified by Amr Badran)