Compromise

What do you really want?

In your heart of hearts, what is it that you really want…in your relationship, your career, in life, in your self…what is it that you really want?

It’s not an easy question to answer honestly. It’s not intuitive to answer it profoundly, to move past the surface of desire and get down to what you really feel and believe. But it’s crucial to know. How can you ever get there if you don’t know?

Compare it to…what will you settle for?

Risk lies in the difference. I’m talking about real risk, where you can lose something important or valuable…where you can be hurt. Where you can hurt others.

Most of us are more pain and suffering adverse than we are desirous of fulfillment. Thus begets the slippery slope of compromise.

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20 Responses to “Compromise”


  1. 1 Vivian September 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    So many alternatives. What if you sacrifice everything for something that you really believe you want, and then it isn’t? Does life have meaning if you compromise until you have no sense of self? How does what you “really want” to be/to have change over time and how do you compromise to address these changes? Is it right to discard what was correct at one time when it no longer seems correct or is that the time to compromise? When is it, or is it ever, right to simply run away and not deal with the hurts? And, how many of us are really introspective enough to know what is “really right” versus what seems right during good, or bad, times? Is it wrong to make thousands of little compromises or to inflict thousands of little hurts in the belief that they will balance out and you will have done what is right for both yourself and others?

  2. 2 David Stewart September 6, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Wow Vivian. Really great questions there. Very thought provoking and much appreciated. I’ll have to think more about all that and maybe (eventually) follow up. Good stuff.

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