I took a break from blogging and doing the web thing, but I am back, sort of! Not with a vengeance, but subtle entrances back into the www. I will gladly admit this, I have just been burned out. The social media pressure to “stay in touch” has literally been weighing on me to the point of frustration, and coupled with tons of other responsibilities, this one brought me to a breaking point. I don’t have a huge staff to keep me constantly present in the attention span of everyone online, so I just shut down for a bit. And I loved every second of it.
During this time, I have been thinking about the different aspects of the definition of what is “success”. In fact, I have machine-gun barraged myself with questions about what it is that constitutes “success” in my life….and here are some of them…
What are my measures of success? Both the conscious ones that I proclaim, and the unconscious ones that I manipulate visibly?
Can you and I accept as a measure of success that we just keep showing up, day after day for the fight, even when we don’t feel helpful or effective or even our voice heard?
You see, there is a smokescreen within our society; we all want to LOOK successful. But looking successful and being successful are two different animals altogether. I am so sick of the tirade of those who appear to have success, yet have no substance. Being successful does not mean that people follow you or are a part of your dream, vision, or programs. True success comes from a far different place than who can draw the biggest crowd or have the biggest impact. True success is birthed in the incubator called “awareness.”
Think about it. If we have been aware of the process of our lives, including the moments that we hate, and are even aware of our hating, that very awareness is life and success itself. Simply staying on path, no matter what, and keeping with life’s direction, as well as finding the way back after times of lostness, should be enough success for a lifetime.
When I stay with that awareness, I can make it through to any goal. I can quit anytime I want to (on the inside) because I know I won’t quit! The very luxury of quitting is mine because there is an eternal awareness that I will not give up easily. It is fun to quit, because quitting is simply not an option.
So, if you and I can return to our life’s work again and again, even if you quit what you are doing and I give up on social media and computers for a while. If you and I continue to take on challenges rather than avoid them, and if we know when to give up, when to change, when to open up, when to love…
Well, I for one, will feel very successful.