I love it when friends remind me of the things I have taught them. Some are judgement, forgiveness, love, and friendship. A lot lately it's been "Tammy, but not everyone thinks the same way you do." --I love it. (=
Right, not everyone does. We all live in the same world, but we don't think w/the same minds, we don't love w/the same hearts, we don't share religions and values, and etc. But one thing I am extremely mind boggled by is how many people measure success.
Why do people measure success by the clothes they wear (more specifically the brands), the cars they drive (again the brand and you might think I shouldn't be preaching since I drive an X5, but I don't consider myself successful nor do I flaunt it like I am), the degrees they have gotten from prestigious or non prestigious Universities and colleges, having an established career, a healthy bank account, or public recognition.
"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. "
Ralph Waldo Emerson couldn't have said it any better and I believe that is and should be the definition of success for everyone. I've said it before and I'll say it again, there is only so much money can buy until you're left with all of the money in the world and still feel empty.
BUT because not everyone thinks the same way Mr. Emerson or I do, if you do believe that money and power (or any of the above mentioned) defines you as a successful person please explain to me. I am willing to hear you out.