" A man has got to know his limitations." - Dirty Harry
It's been 40 years since Mr. Eastwood uttered those memorable words, but they are as true today as they were then. Last night I was reminded of them when my wife and I drove downtown and were looking for a parking spot. 95% of the time if the two of us are in the same car I'm the one driving. That's just how it is. Well, last night happened to be one of those 5% times when she was the one driving, and as we were heading down a busy road I spotted an open parking space ahead. She flatly refused to consider parking there. Why? Because she would have to parallel park. She doesn't 'do' parallel parking, and readily concedes she does not posess the requisite skill to competently do it; it's simply a limitation of hers. Naturally, this frustrated the hell out of me, but I held my tongue as I stopped to consider the time a couple of months earlier when her car's muffler needed to be replaced and she asked me to do it. I said 'no' and promptly took it to the shop. I have never replaced a muffler before, and while I might be able to figure it out and save $60 or $70, I do not have a high degree of confidence that I would do it correctly, and frankly would just as soon not have to deal with the inevitable frustration that seems to come with most automotive repairs (at least for me). This man recognizes that limitation.
What are some of your limitations you've been forced to admit. Anyone ask you to bake a lemon meringue pie for a church fundraiser when you know you can't boil water? Anyone ever invite you to run a 10k when you consider the trip from the couch to the fridge a challenge? Anyone ever ask you to babysit for three little hellions when you know that patience is not a quality you posess?
When do you recognize your limitations?