Good relationships aren't made by people trying to give the least and receive the most, or people trying to see who's got the bigger balls or the bigger pride.
They're made by people who are willing to give even if some of that giving goes against their nature. It's a hard lesson to learn, but I'm happy to give what others want. If others would rather play chicken, or take the giving and offer nothing in return, they're not pursuing their happiness. Or the happiness of their loved one. They're just working on pride, and on taking. I don't like that. I'm trying my best to give. But I won't stay for those who can't give as well.