“Real sacrifice lightens the mind of the doer and gives him a sense of peace and joy.”

March 19, 2013 — Leave a comment

“The sacrifice which causes sorrow to the doer of the sacrifice is no sacrifice. Real sacrifice lightens the mind of the doer and gives him a sense of peace and joy. The Buddha gave up the pleasures of life because they had become painful to him.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi

a boy's choice of a healthy or unhealthy snack

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Is this quote about feeling guilty? Let’s take a look.“The sacrifice which causes sorrow to the doer of the sacrifice is no sacrifice.” If you are depressed because of the sacrifice, then it’s more regret then sacrifice. The dictionary defines regret as a feeling of sorry and sadness about something previously done or said that now appears wrong, mistaken, or hurtful to others. The dictionary defines sacrifice as giving up of something valuable or important for somebody or something else considered being of more value or importance.

Makes sense doesn’t it. You regret paying too much for a product or you regret helping someone who takes it for granted or wastes what you gave them.

But, if you sacrifice time, money, or career for something bigger, then initially you may feel the pain, but eventually the sacrifice will pay off, either financially or emotionally.

“Real sacrifice lightens the mind of the doer and gives him a sense of peace and joy.” Did you ever regret not making a sacrifice? What was the feeling? For me it’s disappointment in myself. What was the feeling when you sacrificed something and achieved your objective? I’m sure it wasn’t regret, but peace of mind knowing you didn’t give up and joy that you achieved your objective.

“The Buddha gave up the pleasures of life because they had become painful to him.” Why would your pleasures become painful? Why where they pleasures and what made them painful? Is it your own entitlement mindset?

What do you feel you’re entitled to? If someone takes it away do you get upset? Of course you do. Isn’t that human nature, survival? Unfortunately some people have a different idea what is actually needed to survive.

I believe the bottom line is, getting upset when you sacrifice something knowing that it could negatively impact others is called selfishness.

Isn’t it amazing how we can be selfish to ourselves and think of it as just living comfortably.

Dave Leingang

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Dave Leingang retired from the United States Navy in 2003 with twenty one years of service. After retiring he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. A lifelong learner and always looking for a challenge he became a John Maxwell Team Founding Partner in 2011. Dave’s been facilitating leadership classes and mastermind groups to businesses and non-profits for over ten years in both traditional and distant learning classroom.

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