Some are hard to accept as we have to do it everyday, while others are small and remain unnoticed.
We sacrifice our time, money, sweat and blood. We do what we do to make a better life for us and the people we truly care about. Often, we sacrifice our own happiness for other people to smile and be happy.
The ultimate, mega sacrifice, is sacrificing one’s life. Have you ever thought about the people you would sacrifice your life for?
We all have goals of moving forward in life. There’s always going to be a cost to move in the right direction. You have to accept that you must make sacrifices. It’s life.
When you make a sacrifice it shouldn’t always be about you. As you become a leader of a family, team or group you lose the right to only think of yourself.
The more successful you become, the more sacrifices you must make. While climbing this successful life mountain, you’ve made many sacrifices to get you where you are today.
Some will get easier while others never will. Some are not a one time payment. Sometimes you won’t be ready and it will be a quick decision you must make.
You can only control so much as most of the time we believe we have more control than we really do. We have to let things just fall in place and let it flow.
The key is to be true to yourself and do what you feel is right.
It won’t always be the correct way, but overall make the sacrifices that result in making you and the ones you love the happiest.
I asked three bloggers that I recently started connecting with their thoughts on the topic. Please read below on what they had to say.
Enter Drew Jacob of Rogue Priest
In Irish myth, the hero Cú Chulainn had to hold off an invading army all on his own. All the other grown warriors were stricken with a curse. Day after day he sustained horrible wounds in a series of single duels. He was prepared to fight to the death, but the god Lugh visited with him and told him to rest. Lugh promised the army would not advance while he slept. Cú Chulainn passed out and Lugh tended his wounds.
Knowing their hero was on the edge of death, a group of 150 young boys decided among themselves to take his place in the fight. Armed only with their hurls, they charged against chariots and spears. All 150 of them were slain in the melee, and the invading warriors were so horrified at the slaughter that they refused to advance. When Cú Chulainn awoke, his country still had not fallen.
This story is how I remind myself of what sacrifice means. If a goal is worth making a sacrifice, do not expect to survive. Sacrifice is all in. It could be money, a relationship, an opportunity, or even your life – but whatever it is you’re willing to give up for your goal, look at it carefully and make your peace with it. Once you make your sacrifice, there is no getting it back.
Enter Micah Redding of Eminent Human
There are two kinds of sacrifice. One looks around at the world, and decides that most of it is unimportant. It decides that food and drink and relaxation and friends don’t really matter, that there are far more pressing issues. And so it begins to feel guilty for enjoying those things, to feel guilt for even the smallest indulgences. It starts to shrink inward, pulling back from joy and liveliness and entertainment and frivolous actions. And in the end, it has sacrificed everything, including its soul.
But there is the other kind of sacrifice, the one that starts by looking at the world as something to be enjoyed and indulged in, that drinks in the colors and scents and tastes, that throws itself into relationship and embraces interaction. And in doing so, it begins to see the world as infused with a bright fiery beauty, a glory that pervades every dripping pool of sensation. In that raw indulgence, in that reckless lust for living, it finds identity, a core of being so absolute that nothing can shake it. And so it walks into whatever fray comes, whatever disaster appears, whatever scenario of complete and total defeat, completely willing to sacrifice, completely at peace with its choice, completely caught up in that beauty.
Enter Matt Langdon of The Hero Handbook
A sacrifice is one of the twin choices of a hero. It appears to be the easier twin (the other is risk), but sacrifice is surer and lasts longer. Sacrifice allows time to consider your choice. Sacrifice can cause sleepless nights and distracted days as you roll the choice around and around.
Sacrifice is at the base of the kind of heroism that is remembered – it can make you immortal. While risk sparks the imagination for a day or two, the story of sacrifice can last a century or two. And while sacrifice is a constant in life, in small events, never underestimate the seriousness and lasting nature of it.