Monday, November 23, 2009
Yet, being that close to this national landmark got me thinking about how life can sometimes feel like a battlefield. (Oh crap – now I’ll have that Jordin Sparks song in my head for the rest of the day. Don’t you just hate it when that happens?)
According to the glossy literature in my hotel room, the "Battle of the Alamo" was unique in that there were many sides waging war. It was complex as well as challenging. Just like life.
Furthermore, the battle cry of "Remember the Alamo" has come to represent strength, honor and tenacity. These are certainly desirable attributes in life as well.
Luckily, most of us are not personally fighting against the minions of tyranny on a day-to-day basis. (If you are the exception and are just taking a break from your revolution to visit my blog of all things, it's an honor I'm sure!)
In our daily lives, we just have to pick our battles.
It’s true. Sometimes managing life balance involves making quick choices about when to fight, when to flee and when to surrender. Or in an ideal world, when to act like a gentle leaf floating on a babbling brook, just going with the flow.
(Full stop.) We've already established that we do not live in an ideal world. But it's a nice thought.
When I find myself at the battle line I ask myself, "What am I hoping to accomplish? What's my goal?"
As I get older, I find that I am less likely to choose battles which are only fought to prove that I'm right or better or have a higher rank.
My daughter wants to wear red and white polka dot socks with her purple dress? More power to her. Hubby wants to believe that his way of organizing the pantry is best? Okey dokey artichokie!
As you think about sources of stress in your life, maybe this is something to consider.
Sometimes you do have to set boundaries and fight for what you believe in.
On the other hand, sometimes we put forth troops of energy towards the wrong battles. Even if we "win" does it really make our lives any better? You know, that whole winning the battle but losing the war thing.
Today's Balance Beam message unofficially sponsored by Jordin Sparks, The Alamo and tacky souvenier shops everywhere: Pick your battles.
Sing it with me! "Why does love always feel like a battlefield, a battlefield, a battlefield? Better go get your armor..."
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