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[success] It’s in giving that we receive. ~ St. Francis[/success]
My heart sank. I recognized I’d fallen short of the ideals that society held up to me as the true definition of success.
I was standing in line at the grocery store surrounded by magazines and newspapers telling me how to be more like this super model, or this celebrity, or this entrepreneur. And…gulp…I wasn’t. Something must be wrong. Right?
What’s in your subconscious?
We live in this world where we’re constantly being told we need more money, need to be better looking, in better shape, be more successful…and we need to do more in order to accomplish these goals. We read articles in magazines, or see stuff on the television, telling us what we should be doing, or how we should be living our lives and we just accept it, totally unconsciously.
And once accepted, it becomes processed by our subconsciousness mind and gets displayed in our world for us to experience and everyone to see what we’ve accepted as true for us.
As if our lives aren’t already complicated and full enough, as if our only success in life is about how thin we are, how celebrated we are, how good looking…not that I’m averse to being all those things, bring them on and watch me smile. And I’m a great believer in the adage that your success can help many, and your failure helps none. But there’s more, so much more that defines who we are and what success means to us.
Who are we as human beings?
How helpful are we to others, how awake is our heart, how kind can we be, how can we reach out and touch someone else’s heart, what can we do to ease our friend’s pain and anguish.
We’re all busy with the business of life, but being a successful human being is an important part of our personal growth and development and our constant pre-occupation with society’s definition of success brings only fleeting happiness. Being of service to others and helping one another brings with it long lasting joy, peace and contentment.
And it all begins within. We need to first appreciate ourselves…stop judging ourselves based mostly on other people’s opinions and life views. Before we can express kindness, gentleness and love to others we need to develop it in ourselves.
If you would but acknowledge, hey I’m not perfect, and it’s okay. If you could but see that there’s enormous value and beauty in you right now, just as you are. If you begin to practice self-appreciation you’ll be more able to support and love others based on the innate goodness you’ll discover inside you.
Loving yourself isn’t vain, it’s a necessity. It’s as necessary as the air you breathe and the food you eat. If on a daily basis you would allow yourself to accept who you are, and let go of any self judgement, something wonderful will happen within, you’ll flower and bloom, and grow in this ever-present atmosphere of love and acceptance.
Our life is a wonderful gift and part of living consciously is to be thankful and grateful for it. One way to express our gratitude is to recognize and acknowledge that we are blessed and overflowing with riches and joys, no matter how limited our current situation seems to be.
And we reach out to others, to lend a helping hand, because we want to, because we can.
Let your heart be your guide
Our heart will guide our way, maybe we just need to have a broad shoulder, or lend an ear, donate a little time or money and we do this ever grateful for the gifts we’ve been given. And we blossom and bloom more as we’re nourished by our giving.
We lose our sense of separation, moment by moment, act by act, as we encourage and help one another and we receive yet another gift, a wonderful sense of fulfillment that remains with us all our days. It becomes our legacy.
Celebrate yourselves, your oneness and you won’t need magazines in grocery stores to tell you how to become successful.. it’s who you always were.
You’re a gigantic success, just as you are right now. Smile. Breathe. Bloom.
[success] Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow men. ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi[/success]
Would love to hear from you wonderful ones in the comments below. Share your successes and encourage us all.