Learning patience

I’ve always been impulsive, very much so. It has taken me years to thinking more before answering an email within more than 5 minutes. When I receive an email I don’t like because of the tone or other things, my spontaneous reaction would be answering in a way I would certainly regret in a few hours.

Yesterday I received one of those emails. I was really disappointed and had to speak to some friends and relatives to calm down. They all agreed that I was right to be pissed off but that I was too annoyed to write a decent reply. I didn’t check my emails for the rest of the day and started writing the reply two or three times before giving up. Of course they were right. Of course I was right to be really annoyed but I have learnt to be more cautious, to evaluate the benefits and the drawbacks of an impulsive response. And the only possible reply to that email would have been: fuck off, I decide, not you. However, I didn’t write a single line (what an effort!), gave a serious thought and evaluated all the opportunities I had. The fuck off answer was replaced by a polite email which does not even mention all the aspects that I dislike. There is one particular thing that makes me angry but there’s not much I can do about it. This is work, I guess.

 

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4 thoughts on “Learning patience

  1. LOL – yes, I know the feeling. It’s nearly ALWAYS better to wait at least a day before replying – even if, during that 24 hours, you can hardly get it out of your head.
    Well done you!

  2. Thanks, I did my best 😉 Although sometimes I wonder if a well-deserved fuck off has- at some point- to be delivered. I’m afraid that I cannot keep my mouth shut forever!

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