The story of a day in the life of an unsuccessful office worker

10:33am My Greatest Sacrifice

Commitment and sacrifice are crucial for success in any area of life. 

Over a healthy breakfast of coffee and doughnuts at the coffee shop, I share with colleagues Jack and Arnie the story of the greatest sacrifice I have ever made – my choice of football team. 

For twenty years, I have had the misfortune of barracking for the Richmond Football Club, otherwise known as the Tigers. They are a pathetic Australian Rules football team whose only skill in the last two decades has been to find new ways to disappoint their supporters. 

Arnie wonders why I ever choose such a bad football team. “My girlfriend,” I explain. 

Arnie looks puzzled. “But you don’t have a girlfriend.” 

“No, I’m talking about my girlfriend from when I was seven years old. Back then, I wanted to demonstrate my honest and sincere devotion to her and her family.  

The best way to do that was to change my football team. Her family were passionate

Richmond supporters. I wanted to show them the extent to which I was willing to sacrifice for our relationship.  

“Did it work?” Jack asked. 

“Nah, she dumped me for my best mate the next day. Now, they’re married with two kids. I’m still not speaking to them.” 

“So Stewie,” Arnie clears his throat. “Tell me, why do you still barrack for them, even though they are the worst team in history?” 

I sigh. “I guess it’s symbolic. I know she’s married, but deep down inside, I’m still hoping to get back with her.  

I mean, I really felt we had something during the two weeks we spent together twenty years ago. I want to hold on to what we had. I guess, I’m finding it hard to let go and move on with my life.” 

Sometimes, you have to sacrifice your dreams for those you love. Twenty years ago, I sacrificed my most important dream – the hope of barracking for a football team that may one day win a premiership – for that of the woman I loved. 

My sacrifice has come with twenty years of pain, but it was worth it. 

Neither commitment nor sacrifice is ever easy, but both are necessary for success.


  1. December 2nd, 2007 | 12:22 pm

    very heroic. you can’t have a little thing like 20 years stand between you and the woman that is most obviously meant for you. don quixote would be proud of you!

  2. December 3rd, 2007 | 5:50 am

    Thanks Isabella,

    Do you think I should contact her and attempt reconciliation? Or is it time to move on?



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