In the eyes of the world I may not seem as much of a success. I live in a tiny house not a mansion. I don’t always wear fancy clothes. I don’t own an expensive car, or a plane, or a yacht, YET. My bank account is usually close to empty at the end of the month. I am not a CEO of a multi-million corporation (YET). I haven’t made a movie, won a Grammy, or sold a million books. I am not yet famous. My picture is yet to be on a magazine cover. I have never had my own reality television show. Yet, in spite of all of this there are many times when I do feel like a success.
When my kids at work give me hugs and say: “I love you Miss Dumdum”, I feel like a success. When I get calls or messages from my family, I feel like a success. When I share a laugh with the cashier in the store, I feel like a success. When I give my smile and say good morning to a stranger I am walking by and find my gift returned, I feel like a success. When I send what few money I can to a charity and know that I am helping someone in need, I feel like a success. When I hand my cupcakes and a bottle of drink to tired taxi man and his eyes are filled with gratitude, I feel like a success. When I get a letter from someone who has been touched by the simple stories I write, I feel like a success. When I remember that God loves me in spite of all my faults and failings, I feel like a success.
Money is good but it’s just a part of life’s success. Success is looking at myself in the mirror at the end of the day knowing that I have done something good for someone or treated them with respect. Success is going to bed every night, content with myself as a person. Success is when I don’t miss living life to the fullest- when I don’t allow the promise of my dreams to short change the presence of my reality and the ability to enjoy and share life. Success is when I stop…wake up…put on my life…and wear it out into the world…and it becomes me completely.
Yes, If I have made a difference in somebody’s life, I am a success. Perhaps what this world needs is a redefining of what success really is. The world needs to recognize that fame fades, money is soon spent, power never lasts, and material things always turn to dust. More than that, the world needs to see that the most successful life of all is one where you love God, yourself, and others. We all need to realize that a successful life in the eyes of the world isn’t always a successful life in the eyes of Heaven.
May you always see the success in your own life. May you always be a success in loving, giving, caring, and sharing. And may you always succeed in making God smile.