“Choose your battles wisely. After all, life isn’t measured by how many times you stood up to fight. It’s not winning battles that makes you happy, but it’s how many times you turned away and chose to look into a better direction. Life is too short to spend it on warring. Fight only the most, most, most important ones, let the rest go.” — C. JoyBell C.
Why is it important to choose your battles?
- Not everything is important. Some things simply don’t matter in the long run. If you think about what matters 5, 10, even 20 years from now, it’s apparent that many of the things we worry about are small, and we should instead focus on the big important things.
- Every battle takes up time. Every problem you wrap yourself in takes up time and energy. Even if you win that battle, maybe your time could have been better spent elsewhere. Victory isn’t all that matters sometimes — making the best use of your time is.
- We all have limited time on earth. Ultimately, the reason why anything matters is that we have limited time on earth. You and I will die someday. When you look back at your life from your deathbed, what do you want to see? A life where you worried about every little thing and argued with everyone who stood in your way? Or a meaningful life well lived, where you spent your time only on the things that mattered, such as with the people you love and things that help the world?
You already are.
Look at what you’ve made it through.
The wounds of your past have healed.
The seemingly endless chapter has ended,
And those bruises have faded.
The battle, you survived,
And you are still here.
Fighting every battle means having no time for these things that matter. By making the choice as to what battle you want to fight, you are already winning the big game called life.