Kite surfer at Pine Point Beach, Scarborough, Maine. Robert Bukaty took the photo.
There are as many definitions of success as there are people. Some want fame, some money—some fame and money. Some define success as professional attainment, some as personal popularity. These varying definitions identify all the gaps in our society—generation gaps, cultural gaps, educational gaps, credibility gaps. Each group has its own ideas about success.
Maybe the lack of a common understanding of success is the reason so many of us are alienated. Maybe we should all agree that real success is spiritual, not tangible. It is a matter of being ever more alive, not ever more effective about getting what we want. Greater life is a gift we can only give to ourselves and to one another. To be a giver is to be successful.
As I work my program today, I will focus my sights on inner rather than outer success. It doesn’t matter if the world counts me a success; the important thing is that I do.
From: Days of Healing, Days of Joy
“Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart