noun \ˈsa-krə-ˌfīs, also -fəs or -ˌfīz\
: the act of
the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the
sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.
1225–75; (noun) Middle English < Old French < Latin
sacrificium, equivalent to sacri- (combining form of sacer holy) +
-fic-, combining form of facere to make, do1 + -ium -ium; (v.) Middle English sacrifisen, derivative of the noun
sacrifice has been coming up a lot for me. Now as we enter into the
dark moon phase here in the PNW, I am now faced with the daunting choice
to give up things I really like in order to stabilize my family and
create economic empowerment. Some of those things include my plans for
traveling to South America with my daughter at the beginning of next
year, which has me really bummed. Other things I have recently
sacrificed, like smoking, has immediately payed off and I am
empowered. Other things that I cannot publicly name have me a bit
Looking at the origin of the word, sacrifice, I see
that it is in sum, "To make holy/sacred." Looking at it from this
perspective changes the meaning of the act somewhat. Rather than giving
up what I love, I am making it sacred. Indeed what I may be
surrendering to is the transformation into a vessel that is more
receptive to what is holy, maybe even capable of creating it and
spilling it out into the Universe with ecstatic joy.
.....conversation with Shadow
The antagonist continues to scream that there is no meaning.
That suffering is simply that.
after a bit of tea and scone she quiets. I tell her I see her point,
but that doesn't explain why I love her.
She then admits that there are