Success – what does it mean? Different things to different people and I suppose the most common myth is that those with the trappings of wealth, status or fame are successful – at least this is what the media would have us all believing. But these are purely external – it is what the world sees on the outside.
Success and happiness do not go hand in hand. Often individuals push themselves so hard to achieve more in terms of material wealth and status that they forget to stop and enjoy what they have already achieved. There is then a very real risk of losing the most precious commodities of health and family.
In my eyes you are a success when you are happy. Now this may sound a bit strange to some but based on my personal experience I believe this is absolutely the case.
To qualify I am talking about being in the here and now and accepting that you are achieving what you want as opposed to what everyone is considering or thinking is appropriate. We must accept that it is only ourselves that are responsible for how we feel. It does take some time and work to actually have the skills and experiences in life to come to a place where we are able to “live in the moment” – believe me I speak from personal experience.
Living in the moment means taking the time to enjoy what are often the very simple pleasures of life – for me, because I am single and pressed for time due to my heavy work schedule, this means things that are also never-ending chores. The lawn mowing and dump run are weekly occurences that become my opportunities for embracing the moments. I relish the exercise and enjoy the satisfaction of seeing the cut grass whilst my nostrils are tickled and my senses stimulated by the fresh scent of freshly mowed lawn.
Similarly when I walk Janie (the dog) I enjoy allowing my mind to wander where it chooses, as I take the time to appreciate the cool of the early morning, watching the birds dart about as they chirp enthusiastically to each other as they too greet the dawning of a new day.
The alternative to enjoying these moments would be to see them as chores and a burden. It is my choice that these are pleasure moments and therefore I am a success.
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4 thoughts on “Success”
Thanks for that. You are definitely right here. All so true and as you say it does take some time to get to this point. You have made me realise that it is something I have tried to do for a long time and my own little blog is just a reflection of this outlook on life. Your words remind me of the following post I made last Nov when I was struggling with a lot of things – bereavement seems to come in waves. Alanis Morissette made some great observations about fame, but it could just as well have been about success. I thought of this as I read your words. Her words are here and what they mean to me are here::
Regards .. Geoff
PS – posting from Barcelona where we have just landed from Dubrovnik. How lucky are we!!
Great to hear from you Geoff. Enjoy Barcelona! I was there just a couple of months ago before commencing the Camino.
Thank you Yvonne
Spot on!! We make our successes moment by moment. Well said Michelle 🙂