choose (one's) battles (wisely)

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choose (one's) battles (wisely)

To actively choose not to participate in minor, unimportant, or overly difficult arguments, contests, or confrontations, saving one's strength instead for those that will be of greater importance or in which one has a greater chance of success. As a parent, you learn to choose your battles with your kids so you don't run yourself ragged nagging them. The best politicians choose their battles wisely: if one becomes too embroiled in petty debates, one never gets anything done.
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He added: "We choose our battles very carefully and so far, we have been successful.
We, as the leadership of the section, plan to wisely pick and choose our battles, but we plan to be very proactive in protecting the integrity, independence, and funding of the court system.
Those of us that want to see the federal government returned to its proper role in our Republic need to choose our battles carefully.
In my personal experience alone, I can count a dozen individuals with widely differing knowledge and expertise--all of whom have all acted as advocates for our son: the speech therapist who has helped us draft IEP goals; the child psychologist who helps us choose our battles with the school; the behavioral therapist who attends IEP meetings with us; the mom I met at the playground last year who has helped me understand the politics of our school district.
We want to do whatever we can to challenge the amendments, but we are trying to be strategic; we need to choose our battles wisely, so we are taking a close look.
And, at the same time, it's a call to recognize that we must choose our battles wisely.
And to do God's will right means to understand what we are confronting, act with forethought, choose our battles carefully, and use our God-given talents and resources wisely.
We will not find peace if we do not learn to choose our battles wisely and infrequently.