We have all heard the saying “All gave some, but some gave all”. This Memorial Day week has had me thinking about that quote quite a bit. But not necessarily in the context it was quoted for.
In life we are given many chances and opportunities. But my question is what do we actually do with them, once we receive them. In my world I look around at so many people who have gone nowhere, yet have had so many opportunities laid at their feet.
The reason why they are still where they are is because they were not willing to give. They were not willing to sacrifice time, fun, doing nothing in exchange for hard work, showing up, learning. It was/is so much easier just to breeze by in life and then complain or blame others when they don’t have/get what they want.
But then you have the other side of that spectrum. The ones who diligently show up. The ones who put in the work, time, effort, to be the successful people they dream of being.
Or in some cases lay down their lives to protect others.
These are the people who believe so strongly in what they are called to do, they literally walk out each day not knowing if it will be their last day on earth.
Imagine if you believed in your dream that much?
Would you be willing to sacrifice some time, leisure activities, sleep? What if it’s money? You want to save for a house, car, vacation? Are you willing to sacrifice going out to eat, buying clothes, five-dollar coffee?
How can I put this into perspective for you?
There is a desire, a flame even, within all of us. Even for those who say their only desire is to get out of bed only to get back in it. If you were to really dig deep I almost guarantee you would find a depression there based on a desire to do/have more out of life. But there is a cycle. Want more, do less, get depressed do nothing, repeat. But you have to fan the flame, get a fire under you to achieve your purpose in life.
Can you see now where you have to have a desire as strong as those who are willing to step out and give their lives sometimes? It is not about the desire to risk your life. Rather, the desire and drive to do whatever it takes to accomplish your goals, dreams, ambitions.
You have it in you. I have it in me. If it is in your head, take a step toward making it real. Be willing to sacrifice and give all. Your worth it and so are your dreams.
This is something I myself battle and am working on daily. So much of it is me feeling like I’m not good enough or people won’t like/accept what I do. If you only knew how many years I have wanted to write a blog but didn’t because I felt I was not a good enough writer and people wouldn’t read or like what I wrote.
Then one day I just decided I didn’t care anymore what others thought or didn’t think. This was my dream and I was willing to face my fear of rejection to do what I’ve wanted to do for so long.
I still don’t have a huge following, but little by little people are starting to read my posts. I have even had a random person at a party tell me he not only read it but liked my blog. That was a huge confirmation for me.
Will I change the world with my writings?
Could I change one persons life?
But one thing I know for sure, if I didn’t at least write this blog then the chance would be zero.
My challenge to you this week, decide what you are willing to give to achieve your goals. How much are you ready to put into that dream you have wanted to pursue for so long? What are you willing to sacrifice to have whatever that thing is that keeps you up at night, lost in thoughts.
You have the ability, now you need the drive. These people gave their lives because they believed in their cause so much. This week, let’s honor their sacrifices and choose to believe in ourselves and causes just as much as they did theirs.