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Taking Advantage

I have been thinking about this at great length, especially with the fresh turnover into a new year. Who do you have an easier time allowing to take advantage of you, your friends and family - or strangers? It could be separated even further - into friends OR family OR strangers too.

Sometimes it's just little things, but little things can add up and turn into big resentment. When is it time to say something, soon after it happens, so you can try to prevent it from happening again, or should you wait and see if it was just a fluke? Do you alter your behavior and say something right away to SOME people, not say ANYTHING to others?

I see so many people not want to offend anybody, often to the risk of themselves. Instead of saying something to another person, they keep their irritation to themselves and it builds up and later they explode for 'no reason' on someone else over something stupid that may not even be related. I think it's time for a social experiment :)

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kat123456 wrote on January 5, 2015, 3:33 PM

I agree, I think we can all be a little bit guilty of that. I certainly can be

TheLambLiesDown wrote on January 5, 2015, 3:55 PM

The only 'person' I allow to take advantage of me is my cat Louie, and he does it every chance he gets.

maramadalina wrote on January 5, 2015, 4:48 PM

I don't want to offend somebody but I always say what I think. I think it means to be honest and fair with those around you.

iRun wrote on January 5, 2015, 7:09 PM

we are such suckers for our animals lol!

Wordsmith wrote on January 7, 2015, 2:02 AM

To me life just seems to be a series of endless distractions. And at every bend in the road are people I call 'Time Vampires'. These can be family members, friends, acquaintances, strangers, and government bureaucrats. I try to avoid those who would use up my time in wasteful ways.

BarbRad wrote on January 7, 2015, 3:15 PM

There was a time when I let almost anyone take advantage of me, but I have now learned to say no to those who seem to feel entitled. I don't mind doing favors for those who have a real need and can't do that thing themselves or afford to hire it done as long as they don't get dependent.