Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a great holiday season and you have started the New Year with peace and positive energy.
I haven't posted in quite some time for many reasons. I have decided to change my blog a bit. I hope to incorporate different topics for discussion, putting questions out there for all of us to think about in more detail. We can live our life in "autopilot" a lot and I hope to shake that up a bit.
Different topics could include:
Obviously, I do not have all the answers. But I want to explore new ways of looking at these topics - and I hope we can grow together through this exploration.
First word is: SUCCESS.
Last week, I asked my brother how he would view success in his life. At age 26, he is in school to obtain his Masters in Fine Arts in Painting, living in New York City and loving it. He stated “I want to be able to live off of selling my art.” I admired the answer. It stuck with me and led me to think about my own definition of success.
What’s the first thing I did? Look it up, of course. According to Merriam-Webster, success is “the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame.” Dictionary.com states it is “the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals.”
I felt something was missing. In my journal, I asked: What’s my definition of success? I closed the cover and came back to it 15 minutes later, writing: success is going day in and day out being true to who I am as a person. It’s about feeling fulfilled, not needing to fill any void inside.
After, I explored other people’s take on success. Arianna Huffington believes that success is "to live the lives we truly want and deserve, and not just the lives we settle for, we need a Third Metric," she says, "a third measure of success that goes beyond the two metrics of money and power, and consists of four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving."
Maya Angelou states that “success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” (Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-9-incredibly-successful-people-define-success-2014-5?op=1#ixzz3NIkQndOs)
So, I encourage you to ask yourself what it means to be a success in your life. Is it about wealth and power? Is it about respect? Fame? Achievement of goals? Gaining something? Being ahead of someone else? For me, it’s deeper and something that comes from within.
Think about it for yourself. How do you view success? Stephen Covey, the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, said: "If you carefully consider what you want to be said of you in the funeral experience," he told the New York Times, "you will find your definition of success."
How does it feel to heal your inner wounds? What does it mean to be fully alive?