“Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find - nothing.”
– Aesop (fl. c. 550 B.C.)
 When we accept less for our contributions than we know them to be worth, we allow ourselves to be disrespected.
To knowingly subject our well-being to disrespect is self-oppression, self-destruction.
 And while we’re quick to blame others for their actions of disrespect, we’ll serve our well-being best by just adjusting to the changes, challenges, and resistances we’re facing.
Refusing to expose ourselves to the inconsiderate actions of others is to honor our own Life.
And while our counterparties may be put off by our stand, like us, they must earn the value they seek in Life. Taking advantage of others – knowingly or “unknowingly” – is as irrational and dishonorable as it unsustainable.
 It is incumbent upon us as the owners, leaders, operators, and governors of our own Life to manage the well-being state of our own Life – both externally and internally.
Where areas of our Life are out of balance from a value standpoint – on either side of the equation – we’re accountable for being aware of it and for making the adjustments necessary to protect, optimize, and sustain our well-being.