New weblog tour question!
What has been the most significant sacrifice you have made in your life, to date? Why did you choose to make that sacrifice? Was it worth it? Do you miss whatever it was that you sacrificed? And would you do it again if you had to?
The person who offered the question specified that we are not to answer with jokes about goats. 🙂
But let’s think about this for a minute: if you happen to belong to an agrarian culture where you can’t just pop over to Shop And Save and plunk down a denarius to buy dinner, a goat would have been a huge sacrifice to just give to God. Goats gave milk. Goats made little goats. Goats gave meat. Ivy, help me out here: would goat hair have been combed off and turned into yarn? After all, you only sacrifice good things for God. Important things.
So let’s start with a definition of “sacrifice,” and we’ll say that’s Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.
When I look at it that way, then sure, I’ve made sacrifices, but they’re not the kind of thing I notice as I move along. Some people thought it an unbelievable sacrifice that I carried Emily to term after she was diagnosed with a fatal birth defect. After all, I was “giving up” four and a half months of my life. But the time I could have spent not-pregnant (and delaying a future pregnancy by being pregnant) was not a sacrifice when I considered it time well spent with her, loving her and being her mother.
I consider things to be sacrifices only if I’m not aware of any good to come from them.
And yes, I’ve done things like that too, but after initially posting about them, I’ve decided to edit the rest of my post to remove that particular story. Sorry. It just felt too private to put that out here.
Other stops on the tour are:
http://wryexchange.com/ Wry Exchange
http://fatgirlartist.blogspot.com/ Amy Rose
http://www.drunkenhousewife.com/ The Drunken Housewife
http://hijinksshenanigans.blogspot.com/ Hijinks’s Shenanigans
http://divine-misse.livejournal.com Shotochick (only readable by those that have a livejournal account)
http://sisterlilbunnythecorpseflinger.wordpress.com/ Lil Bunny