Is. It. Relevant? These are three words I heard over and over again as I sat next to a judge as a law clerk and across from a judge as an attorney. The Federal Rules of Evidence defines "relevant evidence" as evidence that has the tendency to make the existence of a fact more probable or less probable than it would be without the evidence (sure, there's more to it but I only have 5 minutes :). Basically, this just means that whatever you're putting in front of a judge or jury needs to have a point. It needs to back your claim. It needs to support your case (or disprove theirs).
The funny thing about relevance is that it's all quite, well... relative. It depends on what you're trying to prove, what case you're trying to make, what facts you're trying to establish.
So it is in life. In order to know what's relevant, we need to ask some important questions. What are we trying to say? What kind of life do we want to lead? What point are we trying to make? What legacy do we want to leave? Once we can answer these questions, our case becomes much clearer. We can distinguish what's relevant and what's not. We can prioritize. We can say no. We can say yes. We can avoid confusion. We can walk in confidence. We can fulfill our purpose. We can focus on what matters because quite frankly, the rest will be irrelevant.
Wow, that went by way too quick. I desperately want to re-read and edit but in the spirit of Five Minute Friday, I will click "Publish Post". *cringe*