choose your battles

Forgiveness is essential in life

Olivia Sherlock, Story Editor

The idea of right and wrong is subjective. 

Most things are not as simple as good or bad. 

The majority of us can agree on the big things that are considered wrong like, murder, rape and theft. But when it comes to the little things, we have a hard time agreeing to disagree.

In our world we find balance in both being held accountable for our actions and being forgiven for our mistakes. 

If we were forgiven for every little thing, no one would get better, no one would be able to grow. 

But, as mathematician Issac Newton once said, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” So while we may grow from criticism, forgiveness is one of the most powerful things in the world. 

Think of all the times you mess up or do something objectively ‘bad’ in your everyday life — it’s too many times to count. 

What if every time you walked too slow in front of someone they yelled at you, or if every time you went five over the speed limit you got pulled over?

Whether it’s taking an extra chicken nugget from the cafeteria, or something much more serious, we are all humans who are all flawed. 

We need forgiveness to survive.

One of the most important lessons that I learned from my mother at a very young age is how to choose your battles. 

Choose your battles because fighting is exhausting and because mistakes are constant. 

If we can’t learn to forgive, we will never be successful in life — for life is not as simple as good or bad, and neither are people.

Let’s treat others the way we want to be treated and forgive others the way we want to be forgiven. 

Choose forgiveness because you never know when you will need it in return.