Scallywag

Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.

~ Mark Twain ~

Success In Our Choosing

October 2nd, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 53 secs

Successfully raising a family is no mean feat.

Successfully raising a family is no mean feat.

I’m all for having more success. Just as soon as I can get my top off that I put on back to front. It’s going to happen. Any moment now.

Well, not any moment. It could be a lot of moments away. In fact, I hope I live that long.

Still, I already live with success every day (at least, in some things), and I admit that does me plenty well enough.

Would I like to be fabulously rich with money, and wield great influence? Okay, if I have to. But I’m totally happy without it, knowing full well that every treasure has an equivalent price attached..

Like the guy who sacrifices his family life and time with his wife because he is totally focused on making his business hit the big league. He is busy handing over one treasure in exchange for another.

While, the teen who dreams of being a top swimmer sacrifices social life to achieve more in the pool. Success always comes at a cost.

So, having the luxury of family time and enjoying the company of your partner more often means forgoing empire building to clean up the mess in the kitchen instead.

In a sense, if our goal has been to experience a down to earth domestic life then we are literally living that “success” daily. In that way, success is manifested through what we choose. That’s why choosing is such an important part of living a fulfilling life.

Of course, I don’t always choose what happens in any given day, and there are events that leave me wondering how I even got into such situations (like being the appointed driver of a bus full of drunks, or becoming the “chosen one” who must clean up the cat vomit).

Yet, overall, success requires two factors for it to be realized:

  1. You have to point yourself in the direction you want to go in life, and
  2. You need to know what your version of success looks like.

It might seem blitheringly obvious, but it’s relatively easy to be a slave to something you want to achieve and yet forget what it was you originally wanted to experience.

So, despite whims for a new car, new clothes, and such, some of my real successes are already here in my day-to-day life. I have two strapping sons and a darling wife. They are my treasures and that’s what matters to me. Though I like to make room for new goals too, the rest, as good as it is, isn’t nearly as precious.

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