What is success?

Success, of course, is not measured in money, possessions, status, power or fame, or even accomplishment. It is measured in meaning, fulfilment, compassion and joy. It is measured in heart, and in soul. To be unsuccessful is to fritter one’s life away on trivial things. You can do that by being successful or unsuccessful in the world’s eyes. Many highly “successful” people will wonder on their deathbeds why they squandered their lives on such foolish, shallow things. To live with soul typically requires a rejection of such worldly standards, which are steeped in materialism and ego, and instead, follow courageously a path with heart. Its ways are steep, but always lead, eventually, though often in meandering ways, to greater depth, greater compassion, greater fulfilment, and greater heights.

JTR,

September 15, 2020

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