THREE

But I’m Just Trying to Help!

GOOD INTENTIONS, UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

Brett, a friend of Sally’s who worked in the same suite, could tell she was in a bad mood. Stepping into her small office, he asked: “What’s going on?” Brett always seemed to know when drama was unfolding, even if he wasn’t involved. Sally didn’t feel like talking, but she shared just enough to try to satisfy Brett’s curiosity so he’d leave her alone.

No luck. Brett stepped back, crossed his arms, and told Sally flatly: “What you need to do is get a lawyer and start looking for a new job. I wouldn’t put up with that and neither should you.” Sally bit her lip and looked at the floor. “Yeah, you’re probably right,” she said sheepishly. “Thanks for the advice.” Sally didn’t ...

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