Sacrifice, for VJ’s Weekly Challenge

Sacrifice

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Some people give their lives to it,
And others never do––
Conditions never calling for
Rash actions to ensue.
Ive held onto my life because
Fate never asked me to
Immolate myself to save
Child, soldier, Jew,
Ensuring that I remain here
Securely in life’s queue.

I don’t think sacrifice has been anything I’ve had to do much of in my life, short of occasionally knowingly giving someone the last pork chop or the biggest piece of cake.  Perhaps this is because I had no children.

I can think of only one big potential sacrifice I made in my life and that is something I will not speak of, mainly because people it might affect are still alive. So, in lieu of writing a personal essay or poem on this topic, I invite you to read an article about the top ten most inspiring self sacrifices.  You can go  HERE to read it.

VJ’s Prompt: Sacrifice

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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

12 thoughts on “Sacrifice, for VJ’s Weekly Challenge

  1. V.J. Knutson

    The heroes listed are certainly examples of extreme sacrifice – humbling. In comparison with these people, I’ve made few sacrifices too, Judy. I like your poem. I can’t help but think there are varying degrees of sacrifice and perhaps we are all called to do our part – as minute as it might be?

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          Yes, but everything is relative. I wasn’t in my twenties with children. With each thing that happens, there are stages of tragedy. Yes, it was traumatic to lose a loved one, but within that set of circumstances, I was lucky that I was in my fifties and had the financial resources to support myself.

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          1. V.J. Knutson

            I learned this concept of sacrifice through working with a medicine woman. It is not so much about giving up our lives for others, as what we are willing to let go of (that we cling to) in order to grow or even fulfill dreams. To be honest, Judy, my brain fog is really bad right now – I don’t even know if I’m making sense, lol.

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  2. calensariel

    I can think of a few occasions I ad a chance to experience sacrifice and didn’t go for it. But last Friday evening the three of us went with a group of folks to stand outside Ogden’s Jewish synagogue so they could worship without fear of something happening. Copy-cat stuff, you know. It turned out a wee bit different than we expected! Did a post about it… Standing in the Gap.

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