Beware the fury of a patient man.
You know this one. You've used it before I'm sure. Probably even threw the "wo" in front of the "man" like I do sometimes. On this little cookie paper, John Drydren, a seventeenth century poet, cautions the general public from pushing patient people too far. Some very wise words indeed.
Some people are blessed with a ridiculous amount of patience. But is it really a blessing? For the most part, yes. If you are one of those wonderful people, thank you for your patience but don't let the world take advantage of it. Know when to put your foot down before the fury emerges.
We all have our tolerance levels and breaking points and it's possible (and probably) that these will vary from situation to situation. I think knowing when and what that point is could be beneficial. Example of extended patience: I can help a non-tech savvy person for quite a long time even if they're asking seemingly basic questions over and over. I enjoy teaching and can usually help a person no matter how long it takes. I stay pleasant too ;) But when they stop listening and acting like I don't have a clue... time to walk away. My patience is fried. Flip side: I have NO tolerance for whiny children. Can't do it. Nope, not me. There are days that I will avoid children entirely because that whiny child switch is flipped and I'll go off my rocker if I hear one.
Luckily, I don't have children... so I'm usually safe.
Moral of the story: know your limits, don't let others push those limits or test the limits of others. Otherwise...
Beware the fury of a patient wo-man.
Check out past Fortune Cookie Friday posts. Love those little cookie papers =)