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Passion and Sacrifice

Posted on May 17th, 2010

“Passion” and “sacrifice” are two words that I have been using increasingly often in my day-to-day parlance. It comes largely in the form of finding what my passions are and what kinds of sacrifices I will make to realize them.

Donald Miller writes that people won’t be able to tell great stories unless they are willing to take the risks to pursue what is really important to them. As I find myself caught between corporate success and personal actualization, I feel that there is so much social pressure to just keep that good job and blur in with the rest of society. On the flip side, a recent series at Forefront considered what it took to pursue greatness.

I should clarify what is meant by greatness. It goes beyond the social recognition of greatness (as that is often quite vain), and it also transcends being great at something. (These two are often closely related to each other.) It’s about being great, as in being a person that changes the world for the better and inspiring others to do the same.

That’s what I want to do. The problem is, of course, that I do not know how I want to go about doing it. I can certainly take any number of situations in which I have found myself and devise ways to transform them into those life-changing moments, but I haven’t. Similarly, I feel like I am squandering where I am right now. New York is full of potential and the potential impact of change here is largely unparalleled.

But such grandiose thinking is intimidating. Chances are that I won’t be someone who will change the face of New York and have this huge lasting effect on its inhabitants. I’m fine with that. That doesn’t mean that I don’t dream big but I have to be realistic with my expectations. So I am scaling things down, accordingly. Over the past few weeks, I have been trying to suss out how I want to apply the things that I am good or great at doing so that I can become a greater person. This will continue for however long, as well. But I’m basically looking to see how I want to invest my time, and if I have the fortitude to take the risks that I feel are beckoning me. Suffice it to say that the gears are turning in my life and I am feeling particularly motivated to do something.

I feel like I have to follow my heart and trust that my brains will figure it out. I think.

Stay tuned.

One Response to “Passion and Sacrifice”

  1. kat Says:

    dooo it! I don’t know what “it” is, but you can do it!

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