Sunday, February 19, 2012
What Is Success?
What is success? When I looked it up on www.dictionary.com it gave me two definitions: 1) the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors 2) the attainment of wealth, position, honors or the like. When I look at success, it looks completely different. Success to me is finding that quiet time for just me at the end of a day. Success also is getting through a day with no meltdowns with the kids. Success is also my 15 year old daughter getting herself ready early in the morning and doing her nightly routine without a meltdown at night. Success is also getting a decent dinner made for my family, and spending quality time together.
I can also say that success is keeping a positive attitude when everything around you is looking negative. In the picture above, I feel that I'm currently in the middle of the squiggly mess. Sure my life is sometimes chaotic, but at the end of the day I have achieved success if my children are happy and laughing.
When I think of my book "The Chosen Path", success looks a little different. Success is a finished product, with a beautiful cover, and people proud of me for finishing this difficult task. Writing about my abusive past is emotionally draining, but in the end I know it's going to help someone else cope with their past. I want to reach out to the mother hanging on to her last shred of sanity and tell her that I too understand what it means to be a mother of a disabled child. Success to me has nothing to do with wealth, position or honors, it has everything to do with self-fulfillment. If I'm happy with myself, and if my family is happy, I've achieved success.
Success is different for everyone, but for me this is what it looks like.
Until next time...