Being taken advantage of...

Friday, March 16, 2012 AnnMarie Brown 9 Comments

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On one hand I want to believe that people are good and that my worries and feelings are unfounded. That the willingness to do goodwill truly outweighs the instances of being taken advantage of. Recently I have found myself feeling resentful and used.

I know many people feel like they are being taken advantage for from time to time. It is one thing to feel like you are being taken advantage of and it is another thing to be told yes we know we are going to take advantage of you and for them to continue to do so. I thought that once people admitted wrong doing that they would try to correct it in a timely manner and not let it continue for months on end. Not only did they admit to it they admitted to it in front of many people and I watched many people nod in agreement that yes indeed they were taking advantage of this person and out of the group only ONE said well let's do something about this situation. ONE! I was there and I didn't say anything but that is because I was so hurt and angry that I knew if I spoke that the words would not be good. This person is a person I love and they would do anything for anyone.

Let's fast forward three weeks later and the situation is still the same. Now most would think there are many options in this situation but due to circumstances beyond our control there are not any options but two.. to quit and not be taken advantage of any further or to continue because that is the money they use to feed their family. Now do you see the options are very limited.

What do you do when you are being taken advantage of or feel like you are being taken advantage of? How do you balance not feeling taken advantage of and doing things for the sake of doing things and helping others? If you have advice on this situation that would be awesome too!