On ‘THE VALUE OF SACRIFICE’ By Mitchell Odhiambo

We recently penned an article on cultural differences in interpersonal communication and we covered how differences in upbringing, could influence our perception of things and...


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We recently penned an article on cultural differences in interpersonal communication and we covered how differences in upbringing, could influence our perception of things and assured you that we would follow up with a sequel on the value of sacrifices, so here we go. 

In its simplicity, Sacrifice means giving up something of value , to get something of even more value in the future. For those we love and treasure, for those we esteem and hold highly, we make sacrifices for.

Be ready to make compromises for the sake of your loved one. In any case, it is good to deliberate, weigh and agree with your partner, what are your non-negotiables; those you will not make compromises on, no matter what, and have that tabled so you may understand from each other’s perspective, what is unreasonable to ask, of each other.

After that, it becomes easier to evaluate case by case and to weigh what is there to lose or gain by making a compromises. For example,  if your loved one is not a morning person while you are used to waking up to loud noises and rumbling music, for the sake of peace in that household, you could try and overlook this behaviour.

If you find that your partner perhaps prefers to relax and cuddle at night, yet you come from a family that is used to having serious conversations at the dinner table at 10 o’clock in the night, it would be valuable for both of you to agree on a schedule when you can discuss serious matters and have the night as a time to have fun. A simple sacrifice but has the potential to bring strife if not taken and bring irredeemable joy, if taken.

Such issues may look tiny yet they are the little things that make life worth living. For collectively, they make the wonderful moments.  Go ahead and make the necessary adjustments. Until we speak again, I am your host Mitchell Odhiambo. Welcome to a man’s world. To get a female perspective on this, check out Mercy’s post HERE   

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