The Irony of Success

Most people aren’t happy with success because they mis-define it from the start. Those who never achieve this ill-defined definition of success die in a blissful ignorance. Those unfortunate enough to reach high levels of success understand that the supposed fulfillment of dreams have begun the manifestations of a nightmare they never imagined.

It’s not that the goal was wrong, per se. Pride should and can be taken for a Herculean accomplishment. However, when motives are naive, ignorant or delusional, it is impossible to find infinite contentment in any success paradigm that only had finite expressions of happiness.

The question is: What is success? Is it winning a championship? Graduating with an advanced degree? A bank account that can’t be exhausted in three generations? The admiration and cheers of millions of people whom you never met? On the rationale side: Is it being a good citizen that fails to disturb the status quo? Settling for the quiet and simpler enjoyments of life? Is it following all the ethical and moral standards of organized religion?

These questions in itself are part of the problem. Success has no cookie cutter question or answer. All sentient beings have very specific missions and an idiosyncratic approach must be taken. It is easy to let others define what success is; and, for us to falsely act as though we are content when we obtained these short lived treasures.

It is each persons life mission to find their mission and to the best of their ability to satisfy that mission. Only then, will we learn that success is recorded in small chunks, every second of every minute. Only then, will we learn that the all elusive goal of success is truly an Uncatchable Phantom. Success is to be chased never obtained. What is the fun in reaching the end? Unparalleled joy comes in understanding we don’t know it all and will never know it all; but, still trying to know as much as possible. The key is finding the carrot that we never get tired of chasing…..

My loved ones, I know not what success is or means to you. But, I can tell you this, if you can hold it or touch it, it may bring you fleeting moments of bliss and happiness, but it is not authentic and true success. It is merely motivation to keep us moving on a larger unreachable mission. The irony of success is, we never reach it. But, in never reaching it, we stay in eternal ecstasy because the key to success is not in achieving it, it’s in doing it –and not even consciously knowing we are doing it– Doing what? That which moves the needle for us, without inflicting harm on the innocent.

Those things that come naturally to us are the hint from infinite intelligence that guides us to which journey we shall take. We learn, we fail, we grow. The more we fall, the more we learn and grow. The axiom is true, it was never about reaching the destination…. It was always about the Journey.

Set and reach tangible goals. It is good and necessary. Just understand that is merely momentary gratification to keep you motivated on your true mission. Let no one- not even this writer- define success for you. Just be careful you don’t define it improperly for yourself, my loved ones. Enjoy your journey!!

Blessings and Prayers

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