Many of us disagree on the difference between the definition of a sacrifice and a compromise. Ask anyone to tell you about the biggest sacrifice they ever had to make, the answer would most likely be about a regrettable decision. Ask the same person about the biggest compromise they ever settled for and the answer would most likely to be about a forgettable decision.
The truth of the matter is, when you make compromise, you are also making a sacrifice, and vice versa. The only difference is that sacrifice has long term effects/consequences while compromise has short term ones.
Many, if not most, of us think compromise is better than sacrifice because it involves mutual input/output. But if we’re being honest with ourselves, the moment you decide on a compromise, you sacrifice part of your original desire/opinion for another. To escape that reality, you convince yourself that you are doing it for the short-term solution. But what you often fail to realize is that both compromise and sacrifice have one thing in common: the loss of an initial/original desired outcome.
In my opinion, sacrifices with specific goals tend to be the ones that are less resentful over time. They could become even less resentful once the goals are reached/achieved.
But what happens when a compromise is required for an extended period? Does it become a sacrifice? How long does a compromise have to last for it to be classified as a sacrifice? Or oppositely, how short does a sacrifice have to exist for it to be “just a compromise”?
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