The unwritten goal of this blog is to succeed. But in order to do that, I need to first define success. Mary Jaksch over at Goodlife Zen has an interesting post about achieving success while maintaing a person’s integrity.
I think success has two aspects to it, an internal aspect and an external aspect. The external aspect is what others see. These are the outward signs of success: fame, wealth, power. The internal aspect, however, can only be sensed by the individual. I call it their spirituality. This spirituality can manifest itself in many ways, but some examples of the signs of this “success”, are serenity, peace, humility, and love.
I think of the tabloids and the gossip that the media continually reports. Report after report of tragic stories about people that, by all accounts of what society considers as successful, should be happy and enjoying life. Instead they reveal how hollow their lives are, how little satisfaction they have with what they have attained, and how lonely they are.
For all their wealth, power, and fame they seem to lack spirituality.
Spirituality and the external aspect of success are not mutually exclusive. But I don’t think a person will ever consider themselves a success, regardless of how great their external achievements are, without attaining some measure of internal success.
My goal become more spiritual. That, to me, is success.