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

3 Comments

  1. Mum says:

    This is a really good idea to blog. Lets people keep up with you a little bit and hear some of your heart. Thanks.
    Being where you are puts a different slant on what’s importand and what’s not. Like today, I was really mad at slugs! They are eating my plants and being general pests! How important is it really?…Not THAT important, but I went right to the source and started harvesting the buggers. The more I pick away, the less of a problem they are. Funny about that. :o) Thanks for sharing with us all.

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  2. Bim says:

    I can relate very well with:

    “… I seem to have a tendency to want to fight and win them all.”

    I have the same tendancy. After many years, I realize that some of those ‘battles’ I fought well in won nothing for anyone. They were just exercises in expending energy. They were battles that were orchestrated by someone who delighted in fighting.

    Someone once said, “Never wrestle with a pig … because you both end up getting dirty … and the pig likes that.”

    These days, I try not to take battle invitations from pigs and the like.

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  3. Lynda says:

    “This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.”

    L.

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