What is success?

th-23I have been asked to write a chapter for an upcoming book—an autobiography of sorts—the who’s who of my accomplishments.  Yet, I stop and ponder the directions: “Modesty is not allowed”. It is a “Springboard” for a professional group of women.  The “Springboard” I embrace; however, I wonder where the fine line is crossed beyond the quiet unpretentiousness and unassuming humility which I believe is a strength of self-balancing mastery and the arrogance, conceit and ego of narcissism which seem to dominate the air-waves, tweets and social media posts. I know there is a balance somewhere in between.

Perhaps, even more important is that the world of honors, awards and recognition are all fleeting and temporary, seemingly to feed the false-self of ego and pride—which are like fools gold, and tarnish the real trophy of our deep and inner core goal of self-love.  I don’t think many care or ask about that; external gratification surrounds us daily.

True success, wealth and happiness are not about our external trappings we collect, but the confidence, contentment, and joy with which we move about our day.  Is our true success our ability to be the quiet way-showers of the future?  Is it more important to ask, are we living our authentic truth?  Do we have a passion for our careers—our service to others and respect for one another?  What about acts of kindness? And, are we able to move about with compassionate action towards everyone we encounter? I believe when we don’t have to bulldoze over others, and control them in the way some do, we have truly begun to succeed.  Is this really the invisible message telegraphing fear, doubt and insecurity within, disguised behind such a mask?

There is a greater, grander relationship between the parts of who we are—which shows up as balance and well-being; there is entanglement between the seen and unseen that exists within the Universe to which we belong and to each other.   In that, there is a joy that comes deep from within, if we allow it. That is truly our divine nature.  But so many of us continue to exist in the willful struggle and win-lose belief.  Perhaps, it is time to begin following our inner-guidance and not what the masses, or mainstream drift deem important, but what is right for us.

When we begin to live with these simple principles, our health begins to improve and along with other areas that our consciousness has no idea about in our lives.   When we can address those emotions and feelings that we’re afraid to see—we can make positive changes in our well-being.  When we start to have awareness that certain diseases are linked to our feelings of inner sadness or that we “don’t deserve any better”—or we have a “conflicted situation” involving ourselves or another in our vital space, and have the courage to make the necessary changes, we are allowing ourselves to step into a place of true empowerment.  Our compassion and beauty—is worthiness and power.  This power brings the ability for us to create compassion and light everywhere we go.  Now, that is true success!

As we enter this year of 2018, there are many things that will come to light—and we are always at choice point to choose ourselves first.  When we can shift our perspective from one view to another, we give ourselves the opportunity to have a different experience.  When we can create experience to let our inner-light shine and our authentic beauty out, we have truly experienced success; something that is permanent and forever!

Happy New Year!

“Inspired Wellness from Within”

Cathrine Silver, HC, AADP

Cathrinesilver.com

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