“He who never sacrificed a present to a future good, or a personal to a general one, can speak of happiness only as the blind do of colors.”  ~ Olympia Brown

After I read this quote, I asked myself what constitutes a sacrifice.  The very definition of the word is giving up something valued — a subjective generalization, in my opinion.  It can range from new parents giving up sleep for the present good of their baby, to single parents forgoing time with their families in order to make ends meet.  For some it means going without their Monday-through-Friday mocha cappuccino no fat no whip in order to feed a homeless child for a month.  And with Memorial Day around the corner, it also signifies those in the armed forces who have surrendered their very lives, and those who continue to do so, for the good of our country.

When I contemplate on the kinds of things I forfeit at any given time — although a few have notably been on the larger side — I realize they pale in comparison to the sacrifices lived out daily by others.  I’m humbled by this knowledge and like to think whatever it is I’m asked to part with today, it will be for the good of someone else’s tomorrow.  ~ cs