Sacrifice in the name of love

Hey loyal readers,

If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, you may have heard me say this from time to time:

I absolutely love Sundays!

I’ve always felt like Sundays were made for lovers, long drives and ice cream.

My Sundays usually include church, self care, writing my blog, and of course ice-cream.

My perfect Sunday, though, would include a bubble bath after a long flight, soothing jazz, a glass of wine – then followed by some ice cream.

[Clearly I love ice-cream too.]

And my perfect love feels like Lionel Richie’s lyrics, “Easy like Sunday morning.”

It’s no wonder I chose to post my blog on Sundays.

However, I now work on Sundays.

Yes, you just read that correctly – WORK!

When I first got the news, though, I was hesitant because self care has become an extremely important asset to my mental health and that’s why I dedicate a huge part of my Sundays to it.

I also know how hard I work during the week, so I value my weekends even more.

Sundays are mapped out to reflect and recharge.

However, in the split of a second – more like, in the midst of a meeting at work this past week – that all changed.

I questioned and thought about all the possible ways to get out of it, but the reality was, I had no choice. I was forced to shift my entire schedule around because work takes priority.

So, today my Sunday looked pretty different than imagined as I traded my self care skin mask routine for a crime scene.

I had to force myself out of bed straight to the newsroom, which was empty itself.

And I’m working well into the night too.

Yup, the life of a reporter isn’t as glamorous as we often think.

And, on top of everything else I had to give up, I worried “how am I going to manage work and find time to post my blog?!”

Which got me thinking…

How often do we have to do things we don’t really like to do but need to do in order to survive?

How often do we have to make sacrifices in life in order to achieve our dreams?

How often do we have to give up the things we love for the other things we love?

And the answer I came up with is ALL THE TIME.

And so today’s blog post is entitled: Sacrifice in the name of love.

James Allen once said,

“He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little. He who would accomplish much must sacrifice much.”

And that’s all today’s blog post is about!

If you’ve been dealing with time management issues, feel like you’re suffering at a 9-5 job because you need the money, often have to give up your time and attention to help the needs of others, or you have so many things you wish to accomplish that it’s become overwhelming because you end up sacrificing one for other, then this is the sign you’ve been looking for to encourage you to keep on going.

I am here to let you know that sacrifice is part of the journey.

Napoleon Hill also said,

Great achievement is usually born out of great sacrifice.

And when I pondered on this quote, I ended up changing my view on the word ‘sacrifice’.

So often ‘sacrifice’ has been classified with struggle, something that we don’t want to do, and even pain.

However, I now see sacrifice as a stepping stone toward my dreams becoming a reality.

I now greet sacrifice with open arms because when I see sacrifice in my horizon it means that something is going to result from my willingness to change.

In fact, when I think of sacrifice now, I often immediately think of freedom.

Yes FREEDOM.

Why?

I read once that there is freedom through sacrifice because sacrifices can free us, financially, emotionally and even socially.

I’ll add to that by saying that I’ve learnt the joy we experience in making sacrifices cannot be quantified.

The more we give ourselves over fully to our dreams – through sacrificing time, wants for needs, and being focused – then the more we’ll reap the benefits.

So, whether you’re like me and you have to give up your entire Sundays – every Sunday, or you have to give up hanging out with friends just until exams are over, give up splurging over shopping so that you can save some money – in order to pay that loan, purchase that car or house, or even sacrifice your feelings for someone to put yourself first for once, then I hope you DO IT.

There’s no greater time than now to be willing to sacrifice in the name of that which you love or desire the most.

When thinking about sacrifices, know that it’s not about how much we have to give up but about how much more we stand to gain.

So, think of it like this.. whatever it is that you’ve been longing for most, especially if you’re wondering why you haven’t been able to achieve it- tangible or not, maybe the answer lies in how much you’ve been willing to sacrifice.

So ask yourself, “What am I willing to sacrifice for my dreams today?”

 

P.S. I’m writing this at work, so I need to get back to my sacrifice too.

I’ll see you on the other side called Success.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. iamalexb says:

    Work and I have a love- hate relationship. I completely understand you. I had to take today, Monday off to finish my recharge because Sunday was not enough.

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