Thank you very much for offering to give me a bonus this year but I would rather decline out of principle.
My great aunt once told me a story about a mother and her 6 year old daughter. The little girl really didn't like eating broccoli so the mother devised a plan; the plan was to promise to buy the little girl a dollhouse for Christmas if she ate her broccoli all year. The little girl detested broccoli but she endured throughout the year, she mixed M&M's into her broccoli, peanut butter, anything, just so that she could get it down and earn that dollhouse. A week before Christmas the mother calls the little girl over and tells her that she has really been a good girl the entire year...but...if she doesn't eat her broccoli for the six months after Christmas that she would take the dollhouse away, piece by piece.
So the little girl thought about the turn of events and decided that her mother was not playing fair. Her mother told her that she would reward her for eating all her broccoli throughout the year, which she did, but now her mother wants her to pay for the dollhouse for another 6 months. The little girl was bemused by what transpired and wondered whether all adults fail to keep their word. The little girl thought that if one makes a promise you should keep it and not change it just because you feel like it.
The little girl waited until Christmas day. Her mother placed the beautifully wrapped dollhouse on the dining room table. The little girl was beside herself with joy, she clapped and got up on a chair and ripped all the Christmas paper off the most amazingly exquisite dollhouse that the world had ever seen. She reached out and pushed that amazingly exquisite dollhouse off the table with all her might and it crashed to the floor breaking into hundreds of little pieces. Turning to her mother she said "I don't eat broccoli"
Now you may think that my great aunt was a silly old bird for telling me this story but there is a moral to the story; If you are not a deep thinking person you would say that the little girl cut off her nose to spite her face, and yes, maybe it is so, but truth be told; the little girl stood up for a principle that her own mother had taught her and that is to keep her word, even if the cost is to spite her own face!