Focusing on the Inconsequential
There are a ton of things we can argue about and dissect on the internet, including:
- What is she wearing?
- He said what on the air?
- They did what to their house?
- He did that to himself?
- Look at how much of a mistake they made. Let’s talk about it until our voices go hoarse.
- Why did she not use italics on this sentence?
- and on and on and on.
But, for those who can understand the bigger picture, it’s about taking a step back and looking at the battles you are choosing and asking yourself:
- Does this matter? And if so, who does this matter to?
- What is the point of this argument/battle?
- Should I be putting my energy into something else? And if so, what?
- What else am I missing by focusing on this?
I’m not saying grammar is not important; in fact, I love correct grammar. But sometimes I notice that I start to fixate more on trying to make my message perfect (or wanting other people’s messages to be perfect) when instead, I should be focusing not only on the message, but what else is going on around me. It’s a challenge, especially when they’re/their/there is staring me down.