pick your battles
I have been thinking about what it means to live in the moment. Life has taught me how to live in the moment since I was a child, but I think it is easy to loose focus of what that means. A dear friend wrote some very true words in her last e-mail: Living in the moment makes you see things in a more positive way… in turn being a happier person, and people want to surround themselves with positive happy people. As I take my life one day at a time here, I realize the importance of moving on from yesterday and also of not worrying too much about tomorrow. It is easy here to see what matters and what doesn’t matter in the long run. All throughout my life, my mother reminded me that I have to pick and choose my battles. I didn’t particularly understand what she meant until I was a little older and I saw just how many ‘battles’ life can throw at you at once. I think this place makes it easy to prioritize battles. Some obviously require immediate attention, and others can wait until tomorrow…or the next day…or the day after that. I was never very good at picking battles because I seem to have a tendency to want to fight and win them all. That is arguably a strength vs a weakness if balanced with some discretion. Although I do not claim to be an expert at picking battles, I think I’ve been given a unique opportunity here to learn how.
If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is. ~Author Unknown