The Encarta Dictionary defines success as:
1. achievement of intention
the achievement of something planned or attempted
2. attainment of fame, wealth or power
impressive achievement, especially the attainment of fame, wealth or power
I lived the first half of my life chasing #2, and–at the expense of everything else in my life–I got there. I was successful; successful by corporate standards.
The real part of the above sentence is found between the em dashes, however. There's the heart of the story. I’ve grown to understand that there is no such thing as success at the expense of everything else in life.
Because when I was successful, I was a mess. I traded my life for the pursuit of success and all its trappings. And success didn’t feel very successful.
So I gave it up. I radically changed everything. Now I am truly successful, as defined by the achievement of intention; #1 above.
I intended to change and I did.
- I intended to become a writer and I am.
- I intended to spend more time with my parents as they transition into older age and I do.
- I intended to find someone to walk the path of life with and I have.
- I intended to be a better woman, daughter, wife, aunt, sister, niece, mentor and friend–and I am.
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