Words have meaning. They spark our thought and produce images in our brains. The use, or misuse, of a word can have positive or negative effects on our mindset and perception.
In recent times, sacrifice has somehow become a negative word. Most of the lazy and weak American population sees a sacrifice as something we give up, do without, or lose. However, a sacrifice is supposed to be an offering to something greater than ourselves. It is a nonessential thing given up to obtain something exponentially better.
A good example is when a young patriot enlists in the Marine Corps. He/she gives up most of the freedoms and fun their peers who choose college and all its parties and fun. The Marine trades his parents’ rules and limits, I-phone, and Facebook for a trip to Paris Island, drill sergeants, and sand fleas. He or she gives up nonessential parts of their life to achieve something they believe to be better and worth the sacrifice.
Sacrifice, when it comes to health and fitness, is an easy choice for many. Instead of stopping by the bar on the way home from work, they head straight to the gym. Sacrificing junk food for the nourishment of clean foods is a simple thing. They know, because they feel it, their food and fitness choices improves their lives by improving their health.
The initial sacrifice may seem difficult at first, but the end justifies the mean. Cutting out junk foods (sugar, wheat products, soy products, dairy, and alcohol) is a sacrifice in the most positive sense of the word. Relying on junk food for a quick high that ends in depression, obesity, reduced cognition, and disease is for the weak.
The strong set aside simple wants and whims to achieve greater rewards. The strong see sacrifice as privilege and embrace it with pride.