“Si you just do this or that for me?” (“Why don’t you just do this or that for me?”)
How many times have we received such a request? What kind of taste does it leave in your mouth?
Clearly, someone needs what you have or can do, and he or she would like you to do it for him or her. Buuuuuut, because it’s a big thing for you, the other party tries to trivialize it in your eyes, hoping to manipulate you to see it as a small thing, as something that is not a big deal, so that you can do it….
- Right away
- At a fraction of the cost (especially in business)
- Even if it costs your dignity (in relationships)
Basically, so that you can do it urgently and blindly.
May God help us to not fall prey to such manipulation. May God help us to be wise as serpents yet harmless as doves. May God help us to say no and to have a strong backbone. May God fight for us. And may we allow Him to remove us from places that are not good for us, according to His will, so that we do not perpetually present ourselves for such treatment. Amen.