“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou
Can you say that according to the definition above that you know success? Or are you missing a part of the picture? If you know success, I applaud you! I want to hear more about you and your journey so that I can learn from your experiences. Likewise, if you are missing any part of the definition above, I long to hear from you as well. What are you missing? Did you lose it? You know you are the creator of yourself! Just decide that you are successful and let’s start taking baby steps!
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For me it has been about accepting that I am little bit different, at least different than many people I have met, and that that is a good thing. It has been, I must admit, a somewhat lonely road for me. I have always been extrovert and never been hiding away, but my understanding of the world and the way I relate to people have always been different than other people I have met. I have not really been bullied or teased, I was much too strong for that. I celebrated the fact that I was different, I wore the kind of clothes I liked (colorful clothes 🙂 ) and felt that maybe I could inspire other younger kids to be more themselves, and I was quite admired for that by my peers. I think what was lonely was never having anyone who truly understood me. I was, and still am, the one that people come to to talk and be comforted and I love that!! But when you are a child you also need other people to be there for you, and in that why I felt little lonely. But I have always done what I wanted, luckily I have parents who have never interfered when it comes to my choices, so I just lived my own life from a very young age. When I was a student in college my loneliness was worst, I did not like partying and drinking like the other kids, and had a tough time finding friends, but again I felt that I had to do right by myself and by following my heart I felt happy. I have found joy in helping other people, especially children, and they make me feel very good about myself, because I see the difference I make in their lives. Whenever I have needed something, I stopped at some point looking out into the world and started looking inwards to my soul, and there I found God, and my lovely angels, and they provide for me a bottomless well of Love, so no I don’t feel lonely anymore. I still feel frustrated at times, because of people’s behavior towards each other, I mean when I see greed and selfishness and cruelty, but I try to think that everyone was once a little innocent baby and that something must have happened to make them that way. So am I a success? I have and I still am fulfilling many of my dreams, I still have a lot of dreams that I want to come true, but I recognize that it is in my power to make them come true, so I am not scared of not fulfilling them. I think, by my own definition of success, that I am successful, even though I still have much much to learn about being a human being, but I find learning very thrilling and exciting! I am excited to learn more, about the world, about God, about people and about myself. 🙂 I hope I have not taken up too much space and shared too much with you! Lots of Love to you Yvonne! 🙂
Oh Line, my blog is about sharing from the heart so your comment is perfect. xo I love your heartfelt comments and I relish our connection. I am so proud to be your friend and so happy that you are comfortable in sharing ~ and I in learning about you! I understand what you are saying as I feel the same way too! Thank you for being here with me on this life journey. As always, I am so grateful for our connection! xo
I, like most I would imagine, am successful in many things, and still working towards success in others. Using the above…I love what I do and how I do it. I no longer work to make a living, but I do work at making a life. A happy life. And it is work, very fulfilling work, but work still. I love that the little things matter in my life, that I’ve never taken any of it for granted. I love seeing the world through the lens of my camera so that I can show those I cherish how I see things. Simply, naturally, without filters. Another thing I love about my life is that people like me. It’s not a matter of needing them to (that was a battle in and of itself, but a battle won) but more a matter of feeling good about what I bring to the table when it comes to connecting with another soul. The longest challenge in my story of striving to be successful, is the ongoing battle to love myself. Which seems to be at odds with the fact that I love that people like me…but for some reason, it does not translate so easily to me liking me. A conundrum! I may never reach that particular pinnacle of success, but I will never stop trying. Each day brings a new opportunity to prove to myself that I am worth every bit of effort. Until then, or rather, while I’m still fighting the good fight…I consider myself a success story in progress. xoxo hugs and lots of love,
You are loved dear Rhonda, of that I have no doubt for I am one of your biggest fans. xo I believe many of us would agree that loving ourselves can be difficult as we are many times more critical of ourselves than we are of others. That tiny voice inside which demands perfection when it isn’t necessary sometimes makes my own life difficult. I have found a few books which help me to love myself. Let me know if you’re interested. xoxox Big hugs to you dear friend. xoxo LOVE YA!
And I’m happy knowing it!
I have, I think, been fairly successful as a teacher. I love encouraging my students to think and to write those thoughts coherently, comprehensively, and creatively. To see the light bulbs go on over their heads as they suddenly comprehend their own talents and abilities is my joy. I know I am a demanding taskmaster. One student said t o another one day, “Take Mrs. Brown’s English class. She ‘s a slave driver, but you’ll learn how to write.” Others have said,” She let us and led us to finding our own individual expression and she treated us with dignity.” I have never cared if my students liked me. I cared that they learned to think and write and speak well, to communicate to the world and share their special personalities.
Ahhh…that’s why you shine so brightly! I knew there was a great reason why you do! ♥
Ah, there is such wisdom in this post. The ability to achieve success depends in large part on how you define it. Thanks so much for this important reminder, my friend.
Hugs from Ecuador,
Thank you ~ I am glad you liked it as I did too! ♥