The person with more to lose is probably the one who’s also ahead of the game.
A dear friend who’s worked hard and has a nice car told me about a daily commuting gripe. Every day he enters the appropriate lane at a certain intersection that he intends to cross. Cars line up beside him in a lane designated for a left turn, but with intentions of going across. As irritating as this is, my sage friend acquiesces.
At the cost of some affordable forbearance, he gets where he’s going and goes on enjoying his beautiful, well-kept car. Meanwhile, the other displays the tell-tale wear and tear from lesser judgment.
My friend’s momentary score-check lets him consider who has more to lose if asserting his right doesn’t go his way. In this case, he does. Intelligently, he recognizes that he’s also already ahead of the game.
When making decisions, know where you stand because you may find you’re already where you want to be.