A recent conversation with a friend about being happy reminded me of a quote I had saved years ago, because I thought it was so profound.
“To be free to sail the seven seas, you must make yourself a slave to the compass. Every freedom has a corresponding slavery. We can be free from the toothbrush and a slave to cavities or a slave to the toothbrush and free from cavities. For everything we want, we must give up something else.” —Quiet Walk Daily e-Devotional
Just as freedom isn’t free, happiness isn’t free either. Sometimes sacrifices must be made in order to obtain both freedom and true happiness. Oftentimes we have to give up one thing in order to have what we ultimately want. Is it worth it? Sometimes it’s not a matter of having to give up one thing entirely in order to have another, but it may just be a matter of moderation and setting boundaries. Both moderation and boundaries have to be maintained, and that takes both time and energy, so it’s still a trade-off. As my friend, Scott, would ask, “How badly do you want it, and what are you prepared to do?”
“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” —Thomas Jefferson
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