15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,
and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
16 If you find honey, eat just enough—
too much of it, and you will vomit.
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—
too much of you, and they will hate you.
In dealing with superiors, sometimes it is best to play the long game. It is not enough just to have suggestions, you must also have tact. Wait for the right opportunity to bring up the issue, and show up prepared with a solid case. Remember that “a gentle tongue can break a bone,” while “a harsh word stirs up anger.” Impatience and disrespect will only serve to harden your opposition, you may be right but you will not be heard.
“If you find honey, eat just enough— too much of it; and you will vomit.” The pleasures of life are best enjoyed with a healthy appetite, overindulgence can quickly lead to misery. This is how addictions are formed, what begins as a good thing turns into a curse. Consider how much is “just enough” before you begin, and make a plan to keep yourself from exceeding your limits.
“Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house— too much of you and they will hate you.” Temperance not only applies to consumption, but also to to relationships. But in this case it is not only important to consider your own limits, but also those of the other person. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder,” as the saying goes; too much time together, too many calls and texts, and too little privacy will smother even the best of relationships.