Sunday, January 1, 2012

Success is Different for Each Person

A befitting thought that I gratefully chanced upon on Belle de Jour Power Planner's Facebook wall to start with this fresh new year - "Being Successful means something different to each person. Respect that." 

Society has this notion that success means having lots of money, driving expensive cars, having the latest gadgets and bags, or being able to spend like there's no tomorrow. Of course, that's perfectly okay and respectable. I totally admire those people who have reached this level of wealth because of hard work and ingenuity. 

However, there are those people who feel they have reached their "success" when they have a small humble business, with lots of their time each day being spent with family, and peace of mind - even without having lots and lots of money in their bank accounts. Some people have attained their success by achieving a level of spirituality that allows them to live simply, breathing in life's often unnoticed small joys. 

Let's change our view of personal success to the way we want it to be, or to the way we feel would really give us a genuine feeling of self-worth and peace of mind. This would require deep reflection on our end. We make sure that we don't pattern our lives in conformity to what other people or society dictates it to be. On the other, respect people's choices on how they define their success, because it means different to each person. Do not envy people. Take a look at yourself. Be happy with what you are or strive harder if you haven't reached the sense of comfort that you want for yourself.

Let's just remember, that money isn't everything. It's essential, but it's more important that we do what we love, we don't forget our time with loved ones, we help other people - and a prayerful, simple life with God as the prime center of attraction is the best kind of life.

Matthew 6:19-21 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure it, your heart will be also.

Live simply, share your blessings, respect, love God. Wishing you success and a bountiful harvest this 2012. 

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