It’s not easy being a dreamer. It’s even harder being fueled by such a strong passion that acts as an unyielding driving force propelling you to move forward even when you are afraid. It’s a challenge believing in something bigger than yourself and championing causes that seem futile to some, but for you it’s simply your life’s work. What have you sacrificed along the road to the success? What did you lay down on the line for the good of your purpose? A true measure of the sacrifice is if you were faced with the same choice and absolutely no visible gain, would you do it all again?
On this Memorial Day, as we reflect on the sacrifices our fallen heroes have made for the sake of our freedom, I am questioning whether or not I am going above and beyond the call of duty in my own life or if I am simply playing it safe. Countless lives were lost so that I could have the freedom to follow my passion. Mothers and Fathers buried their young so that I could build a business. Battles raged on so that I could achieve my version of the American Dream. But to whom much is given, much is required.
It’s not enough to simply try, to press onward toward a vision only to wave the white flag in surrender when the road gets tough. It’s not enough to say, “I gave my all” when there is still breath in my body and energy to spare. It’s not enough to believe I’ve done my part in helping others, when there is obviously still so much work to be done.
The art of sacrifice is when you no longer see yourself because the cause is greater and the reward is immeasurable. It’s the quintessential “dare to be great” moment, the do it now and suffer the consequences later split-second decision that changes your life course forever. It’s the stand up and fight that empowers you to champion the needs of others instead of yourself. And though it may not make you a hero, you will become the ultimate warrior when you’ve laid down your life, not in death, but in living to find more ways in which you can give.