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SOME witches do not ride a broomstick. They appear just like everybody else. They smile, shower you with compliments, and kiss you on the cheek. They have a habit of pointing out what you need and encouraging you to embrace an expensive lifestyle. They do not want you to become contented with what you have and who you are. Ask yourself why!
They have a clever way of convincing people to accept what initially appears as a good idea without using too many words. They masquerade as friends, so it is not hard for them to convince clueless victims. (This is why even educated individuals fall prey to abusers, scammers, and human traffickers.)
It is easy to lose one’s guard even with people who have done mean things before – especially when they sound and appear concerned. Maybe they have changed. After a few years, you realize that it was just a ploy to hurt you or use you. It was masked as a suggestion – mentioned so casually, as if it was never planned.
Beware of witches who masquerade as friends. Some people have the nerve to dig holes in your boat when you are not looking, and they are not bothered. It’s like their conscience has been deliberately deactivated. Why do people do what they do? What are their top concerns? Where is their loyalty? What happens when you don’t give in to their whims and demands?
Don’t trust your enemies even when they give you gifts and promises. Remember the story of the Trojan horse? The wise Greeks pretended that they abandoned the war. They left a wooden statue of a horse “as an offering to Athena”.
Unknown to the Trojans, the gift carried Greek soldiers who of course found it so easy to attack the former when night came.
Looks are deceiving. Know your enemies, and beware of them!
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Marilyn Arayata: inspirational author, columnist, and speaker. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (Marilyn C. Arayata)