So often we give control of a situation to others. It is so hard to remember that the only control they have is what we allow them to have. For instance, we know our co-workers. We usually know the way they’ll respond to most situations. We shouldn’t act surprised when they act the way we expect them to.
Instead, we should take this into account, and tailor our actions around them to allow for their respective responses.
I’m not suggesting that we lie or be false with them, but just that maybe we shouldn’t open up to particular people. Maybe we don’t loan our software or pens to others. This saves a lot of aggravation on both parts, and puts the control in our hands.