“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.” -Charles Bukowski novel Factotum
“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.” -David Foster Wallace, talk This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life
“Love without sacrifice is like theft” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb, book The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
Sacrifice (definition): an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy.
When you love something or someone, you sacrifice. Time, money, comfort, etc…Not just once in a while, but always, everyday. It’s just what you do. Who you are now.
The really cool part?…
The more you consistently sacrifice, the more your love increases. (Just ask any parent.)
Who or what are you ready to sacrifice for?