Success or Significance

Have you ever felt like you were living a successful life but there was still something missing? Are you a successful person?

One dictionary definition of the word success tells us it is the accomplishment of one’s goals. If you consider that definition in it’s simplest form, we are successful each day that we wake up, unless of course you have a goal of not waking up ever again. In that case, please find a friend to talk to, a support group or call an emergency hotline. Most of us can honestly say that we do hope to wake up from our much needed sleep and we are successful.

Continuing that thought process, we all have small successes throughout our day. We have a goal of going to work, or playing with our kids, or making dinner, or getting some fresh air as we head out on a daily walk. Successes like these may not be thought of as a success, you may not give any of the things you do throughout your day much thought. You should, it will instantly brighten your day, knowing you are a success.

However, does success bring happiness is the greater question. In some instances, yes, success brings happiness. If you were craving a great meal and someone just served it to you that would be a success that makes you happy. If you had a goal to play with your kids in the backyard for an hour and had more fun in that hour than you did all day–that is a success that makes you happy.

If you head out to work, bring home a great paycheck, have very little debt, but hate your job or feel you have no purpose, you may be successful but certainly not happy. How many times in life have you found yourself achieving a goal only to feel successful but unhappy? You got what you wanted, when you wanted it, but something was still missing.

Then you have those moments where you can’t sleep and you do something you find joy in but not something you feel successful at. Something that has significance, even if it is only significant to you and you are over the moon happy.

The key to joy, harmony and balance in life is to find success through significance. If what you are doing doesn’t make you feel significant, you may want to reconsider what you are doing. The ultimate success is found in doing something with your life that makes you feel significant to yourself and others. It has been said many times but it is worth repeating…”What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?”

 

Someone Is Praying

I recently saw this statement on a piece of wall art and a T-shirt, “Someone is praying for the things you take for granted.” I couldn’t help but wonder, what do I have in my life that I take for granted that others are praying for each day. As many of you know, I live a very minimalistic lifestyle. I have slowly eliminated much of the “stuff” in my life. Somehow I knew that there would still be things that I was taking for granted that someone was praying for.

It didn’t take long for me to come up with the most obvious answer, clean water. I started researching the numbers, they are staggering. In one year, 3.4 million people will die from water related diseases, 780 million people lack access to clean, safe water, stats made available at Water.org. Just seeing those numbers accomplished two things, I was really thirsty and I was sure to enjoy every drop of my glass of water.

In our daily lives, there are so many things that we take for granted: clean air, a place to call home, clothing, shoes, access to medical care. How about the ability to see, hear, walk, talk, and breath fresh air? The list is long and it isn’t always something tangible. Family, friends, community, do you think about how blessed we are to have them? What do you have in your life that you take for granted? Can you change that? Can you live a more conscious, gratitude driven life? Yes, we all can.

I apologize for for getting so caught up in “life” that I have taken my few followers for granted and not posted regular posts on the blog. It is amazing how you make plans and then life has different ideas. I will do my best to change that.

There are so many new things happening for me, some wonderful..some not so much..all will be lessons…and I will share them with you. As always I’m grateful for everything, and everyone that comes into my life. I may not understand why things are happening when they are happening, but I will always strive to learn the lesson.

I will leave you with a few of my favorite thoughts.

Love the unloved!

Give your life away!

Be someone who makes someone else look forward to tomorrow with a smile!