You Can Do Anything, Not Everything. (WITH LOVE FROM DAD)
You can do anything in this life. You can do anything you set your heart to. You can do whatever you want. At the same time, you can’t do everything there is to do.
Dear children, the potential of the human mind is indeed limitless, but time is finite, strength is capped and passion eventually fades.
The fact that you can do anything you set your heart to doesn’t mean you should set your heart to doing everything under the sun. Look at what you love doing the most, look at what you find easy to do, look for what is most important for you to do, then find a balance between all of it.
Same way, you easily get interested in helping others out, note, you can’t help everyone.
Some people are way past the point of help, some people are not interested in being helped, some people have the promise of better help from someone else so they won’t take yours. The cost of helping some people is so much, you actually can’t afford it.
A situation where you’ll help someone but lose your mental, emotional and psychological well being or that of those you love is not worth it.
You can go anywhere, but you can’t be everywhere. You’ll get lots of invites, some people will threaten that you’ll lose their friendship if you don’t show up. Some people will actually be offended you didn’t show up.
Despite your good intentions and great plans, you are limited to twenty-four hours every day. Optimize it. Whatever can be done on the phone should be done on the phone. Whatever can be taken care of via email, chat or video-chat should be done. Reserve the privilege of your presence for those that deserve it, are important, and are unavoidable.
Family comes before everything else. Take care of your family first. Your time with God is none negotiable.
The summary of everything is this, pick your battles. Where the spoils of war won’t pay for the cost of war, forfeit. Don’t let emotions come in the way of what is most beneficial to you.