When you put a frog into a pot of hot water, it immediately jumps out. However, if you put the frog into a pot of cool water and then slowly increase the temperature, the frog’s body will adjust to the rising heat. By the time he realizes that it’s getting hotter, he will no longer be able to jump out, and he will die.
Sometimes, we are the frog in the pot. If someone came to us and said that they were going to radically and negatively change our environment tomorrow, most of us would jump out of the pot. That’s not the way it typically happens, though. The changes creep up on us and overcome us before we realize they are happening. What started as just an extra assignment or two is now a full-blown project that is draining the life from us. What started as a favor for a friend is now an obligation that makes your blood boil. What started as a small concession to the other side is now the advantage they are using to turn the heat up against us.
Be aware of the small steps that precipitate a changing environment around you. If you hear yourself saying, “Well, just this once….,” check the temperature of the water.