My favorite definition of success comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson :
“To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.”
While success definitely includes having material things, they alone will never be enough. Success also includes having healthy relationships, making a meaningful contribution, enjoying life, and becoming more of yourself every day. The quality of your life experience is as important as the way your life looks on the outside. What is your definition of success? Live up to your own definition of success, not anyone else’s, and you will discover that you are living in Joy!
This is the attitude we should assume, that life holds nothing against us. It desires only our good; it wants us to be well, happy, and successful, but it wants us to play the game of life the way it is supposed to be played—in unity and cooperation with others. Ernest Holmes
Spiritual Contemplation: How do you define “success”?
Affirmation: I choose my own definition of success. I know that Spirit supports my success in every way.