Darn it. It’s true:
You can have anything you want in life, but you can’t have it all at once.
(Argh! Why God, why??)
So much of life demands that we master the art of sacrifice, compromise, and letting go. But the good news is it’s not all gloom and doom. Because if we’re doing things correctly, our sacrifices will feel so right even when they feel so hard.
I watched this short motivational video the other day:
One of the many lines that stuck out for me was: What are you going to give up to get where you want to go?
Are you willing to trade in your lucrative high-stress job in order to make more time for your loved ones? Are you willing to spend a few hours before heading off to your day job to work on the side business you’re so passionate about? Are you willing to let go of your pride and anger in order to experience the freedom of forgiveness? Are you willing to speak your truth (or shut your mouth) when the time is right? Will you give up some TV time so that you can stay active and be healthy? Will you give up shopping or fancy vacationing in order to pay off your debt? Are willing to complete your cobweb project, even if parts of it feel like torture?
These are some tough choices.
Giving up precious things (for the sake of even more precious things) is a scary process. What if you make you wrong decision? What if the sacrifices make you miserable? What if it’s not worth it in the end?
Man. Those are some major what ifs.
But I’m learning that if I want a balanced and beautiful life, I’ve got to be brave enough to give all those what ifs the big old middle finger. I’ve got to be courageous enough to take action, make a change, and just do something. And then I’ve got to have the flexibility and fortitude to come up with a different plan if my first one isn’t working out.