26 March 2007

The Definition of Success

"Successful is the person who has lived well, laughed often and loved much, who has gained the respect of children, who leaves the world better than they found it, who has never lacked appreciation for the earth's beauty, who never fails to look for the best in others or give the best of themselves."

I was asked (indirectly) an important question this weekend - Am I wrapped up in success? By the standard definition - cars, homes, power, prestige, money - the answer is no. But by my definition - friendship, love, kindness - I hope I am.

It was a timely question since B. and I had only hours earlier driven through a neighborhood that reeked of 'success' - $500,000 houses with Hummers and Land Rovers (and sometimes both) parked out front. To be honest, we hated it. We couldn't imagine and would never want to live a life where that's how we were measured.

Instead, I am able to make a living doing something I enjoy; I have a wonderful husband, a cute dog, a roof over my head and four wheels to get me where I need to go. More important than that, I have friends and experiences and memories. I have a full life. What could be more successful than that?

* When I came into work this morning, I remembered that I have the above 'Essence of Success' print on my wall. I think the quote sums up my definition of success.

1 comment:

wrestling kitties said...

What a WONDERFUL defination of success!!! I couldn't agree more!

Though I will admit it would be nice to have some finacial success, just so I could provide for my family when I need too, that isn't the most important thing to me. I agree that success shouldn't be marked by how much you have but what you do with what you have and those people in your life who help you live to the fullest.

What a great quote to have at work to remind you what are the most important things in your life :-)