Once upon a time there was a scorpion on the side of a river that wanted to get to the opposite bank. He knew the trip could take weeks since he was unable to swim. He needed to find a log or branch that spanned the water.

He saw a frog, and asked if he could get a ride to the other side. The frog said he was afraid since the scorpion could sting and kill him. But, the scorpion assured him that by giving him a ride, he would be grateful and never sting the frog. 

The frog reluctantly agreed, and the scorpion hopped on his back. Half way across the river, the scorpion stung the frog. As he felt the poison, the frog asked the scorpion why he stung him, because now they would both die. The scorpion replied,"But I'm a scorpion; that's my nature". 

What's the moral of the story? Some people are toxic and should be avoided. Other folks are people-pleasers and reluctant to create proper boundaries. Be on the lookout for scorpions, and stay away from them. When people show you who they are, believe them. 

I recently put a home on the market that had been listed by four agents before me. One of the prior agents told me the home was overpriced, and the seller was belligerent. I took the listing, and hoped the 'student was ready', and I could succeed in showing him how to get the property sold. Three weeks later the seller had a temper tantrum and canceled the listing. 

I was told he would sting me, and he did. Even with proper boundaries and realistic expectations, all scorpions should be avoided. 

A wise man once said,"Of in doubt don't". Stay away from poisonous critters and toxic people.