Origin of the phrase “pick your battles”:
References a well-known aspect of military strategy, which suggests that when troops are thinly stretched, they are often unsuccessful. For example, when a country tries to fight a war on two fronts, it often struggles to secure both, and sometimes it is more advisable to deal with one issue before proceeding to the next to ensure success. The more fronts a military is coping with, the harder it is to handle the strategic and day-to-day operations on all of these fronts, and sometimes a front must be abandoned because there are not enough personnel to secure it, which is generally undesirable.
It’s funny how the older my kids get, the more grateful I am for the big things and the more I let the small things slip – things I would have never pictured myself letting go.
Our rule is to make your bed every day no matter what. That’s how my Mom taught me and the rule was passed down. Beds are not to be unmade unless you are in them.
Another rule is to be respectful and kind to your family members.
Some days, because they were kind and respectful and there were few arguments, I walk right past their unmade beds and gently pull their doors closed.
Picking my battles one at a time and grateful to be able to step back, take a deep breath, and accept an occasional defeat.
Do you ever have to pick one battle over another?