Have you ever met someone with their eye on your ball? Given an opportunity, they will take your ball away from you and run to their goal. I learned at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma during a game that people didn’t play by the established rules and cheated in order to win the game and leaving me to look foolish. But that is a real-life lesson, that people will collaborate with each other to beat their opponent, even, if it is over some trivial matter to them.
Saying, “it’s business- not personal”, or “don’t be so sensitive”, or “it’s a dog eat dog world”, doesn’t excuse poor behavior and the killer instinct that some people have. They think with platitudes they can minimize any heartaches they cause by justifying their own agenda- which is to win. If you sweet and kind-hearted be on the lookout- JAWS is swimming up behind you, because, people covet what they don’t have, and try and take away what you have if you let them.
We have a woman who is an opportunist in our neighborhood. She wants to be the HOA Board of Director’s representative, a position I currently hold. I had set up Trunk or Treat from people’s homes this year on Halloween night because I will be in the hospital having knee replacement surgery. This woman has decided to take it upon herself to have a big bash like I hosted last year. Only, she made a private chat room to go into on facebook for like-minded individuals.
I gave her information to assist in her getting supplies ordered and equipment rented. She is trying to circumvent me to contact the community funds manager personally with her ideas. She doesn’t like the idea that everything has to go through me to get approval. That I control the money in what is being spent, where, and why.
The sayings, “keep your friends close and your enemies closer!” is wisdom through the ages. Just be prudent, read between the lines, be aware of your surroundings, and don’t get bogged down in another person’s agenda.