How I define my success:
- How well am I interacting with those I am close to.
- Working to ameliorate the suffering of others, and helping them grow.
- How big my DVD collection is.
Okay, so number three creeps in there once in a while.
Nothing is more important to me in terms of personal success than learning to be a better partner or father or friend, through working on being less defensive, more considerate, and softer in my interactions.
Secondly, working to help others grow is also important to me. As I discussed last week, that all truth is a part of the gospel, I consider anything that helps someone to grow to be the same as “missionary work.” Meeting someone in their sphere of life and promoting their growth within it, whether through a friendship or therapy is meaningful to me.
As for number three, I’m going to write this above my DVD cabinet:
“Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”
How do you define success? What in your life gives you meaning?