Fighting battles all the time

“Life is too short for us to be fighting battles all the time. Most battles are not worth the effort.” These lines are not from a book on self-enrichment, but from a book about online etiquette and networking. The writer was lamenting the fact that many people waste a lot of time on verbal attacks and insulting ‘debates’ against each other on the Internet.

Those lines click with me. This is not to say that we shouldn’t live a life with principles and purpose. But it doesn’t mean we should indulge in warfare either. Speak up when we need to, but then move on. Even if we win the (verbal) battle, it doesn’t mean we have won our cause. And as Paulo Coelho has pointed out: The world is changed by our example, not by our opinion.

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