Being successful does means that you have lived your life well. However, it all depends on how you define success. Society defines success as having money, power and possessions; placing the emphasis on what you have instead of who you are. Many people believe their value comes from what others think of them. They are looking at their lives through glasses that are clouded by society’s ideas and fail to see any successes in their lives.
When I consider the question, What is a life well lived to you?, I am now able to take off my clouded glasses and look clearly at what I have accomplished in my life.
Having lived well to me means:
- always doing my best
- having good relationships
- helping other people
- being thankful for what I have
- continually learning and growing
- trying to see things from a positive perspective
- being able to handle life’s difficulties effectively
- reaching my goals
If I can live my life with the love and respect of family and friends, knowing that I have done everything I can to reach my goals, I know that my life has been successful.
I challenge you to take off your clouded glasses and look at what you have accomplished in your life.
Here is a short poem by Bessie Stanley that sums up my thoughts very well….
To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.