If all that you fight for in your life is yourself, then you are as nothing.
There's a verse in the Bible-- No, wait! I'm not preaching! Forget I said that word!-- that says something like he who tries to hang on to his life will lose it, but he who lays it down will gain. I always think of it in terms of parenting (Sorry, Jesus!). Those who try to have a "life" at the expense of their kids loses. Those who lay down their lives for their kids are the ones who truly gain/live.
This is why I will always love you, M.
I wasn't thinking of kids, more of causes, but its a good analogy (Thank you Jesus)- To be a Parent - be it of a cause or of a child- is to take responsibility-it is to take a Stand- it is to put yourself between those in need and the storm. If all you are protecting is your own small little world- then you don't stand for much at all. Stand for more than yourself, stand for MORE than your OWN children-
Stand for Everyone's.