“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;
Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it;
Who has left the world better than he found it,
Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;
Whose life was an inspiration;
Whose memory a benediction.”
– Bessie Anderson Stanley
Each of us has a different definition of success. Some define it based on their good grades, some attribute it to their career, some consider it as their influence or power, while some equate it with philanthropy, and so on. From what I observe, there is a common ground in our views of success. It is a sense of fulfillment. But then I ask, “How about a successful life?” I think, ultimately, that a life well lived makes you want to say “I have no regrets and I can die right now.” Success is not defined by achievements. It is marked by the appreciation of where we are right now and where we will be going to.
If we define success as a goal, it can become heartbreaking because of rigid expectations. What we view ourselves to be might be different from what would come. It is important to live today rather than project into the future too much. We need to look at the positive side of everything. There is always an inspiration or a simple lesson in every petty thing we encounter. We can meet a stranger, experience a feeling or catch another’s story. We can even find goodness in our own faults. Do not take mistakes for granted because, if not for those, you would not have learned to do things better.
With all the stresses in life, it takes a few muscles to lift a heavy load – smile. Aside from the forceful self induction of happiness chemicals, it brightens up your perspective. Thank yourself for being alive! You are alive for a reason – use your enthusiasm and cunning to help mankind. Smiles are contagious and it is self-assuring when you are aware that you made others happy even for a bit of a second.
As long as circumstances allow, we must act our best and give our all in everything we do. We must commit our greatest efforts in our endeavors all the time and achieve to be a source of inspiration. Nothing supersedes more than passion. No matter how simple and seemingly boring your job is, do it with pride. No one will ever threaten or belittle you – all the more will they be amazed by you. You are one of the shining little light bulbs in a universe of darkness. If one spark can light a dark room, imagine a few more of you.
A successful life is not measurable by tangible or egotistical achievements. For me, success is achieved when there is a complete cycle of greatness, inward and outward flow of inspiration in a person. We must do our best in harnessing kindness, enthusiasm, and passion in all that we do so we feel purposeful, connected, and fulfilled.
Roland Andre Malic is a creative writer and blogger who took writing and speech courses in TalkShop, under the mentorship of Sheila Viesca, CEO and Director of Communication. Still finding out his niche in life, he is on the way to self-discovery by traversing creative ventures, a step at a time, which include writing and blogging. He also finds joy in watching mind-boggling films, reading about art and history, and exploring musicians and artists from eclectic genres.