How Do You Pick Your Battles?

If you fight every battle, you'll die from exhaustion. Sometimes — if not most of the time — we just have to let things go, especially when we're at work. When you see an injustice, large or small, where do you draw the line?

I used to fight every battle and found it exhausting. While there were some fights I could win, many I'd lose simply because I they were impossible to win or I was fighting for something that ultimately didn't matter. I still get frustrated every day, usually at little things, but I draw the line by asking myself the following:

  • What do I gain by winning? If it's not much, it's not worth it.
  • What do I lose by winning? Sometimes I lose more than I'd gain.
  • What's the difference between their way and my way? Sometimes there's really no core difference at all, but on the outside it just seems that way.

What do you do?


Comments

    It depends on what you mean by small battle. I've seen people who see a lack of trollies at the supermarket as "a battle to be fought" and then end up verbally abusing cart collectors only to be viewed as abusive, overstressed bullies by onlookers. A rational person can distinquish between something important or a minor annoyance. Save it for a real fight.

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