Obligations

We waste an incredible amount of time either doing things we don’t
want and don’t have to do, or feeling guilty because we didn’t do
something we “should” have done. We also waste a lot of time and
emotion being disappointed when we don’t get what we expect from others.

The truth is, you don’t owe anyone anything and they don’t owe anything to you. It’s true even if it sounds harsh. This is where freedom lies. But although you don’t *owe* anyone anything, sometimes it is social etiquette to do something, or it’s the "right" thing to do so if you consider other people’s feelings. So maybe the best way to go, is if you feel something is the right thing to do, do it without hesitation because it’s right and because you want to do the right thing, and don’t expect anything in return.

You don’t *have* to do anything you don’t want to do. And when you do nice things for others, it should be because it comes from the heart, or because you want to (for whatever reason, even if it is because you want to do the right thing according to your own values and beliefs) and not because you feel guilty to do it.

Source: http://nlpco.com/news/2008/12/11/toms-twelve-laws-of-life/

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