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How to Be Successful

When you read that title, what did you think? An article containing a get rick quick scheme? How to land that job you’ve been wanting? How to manage your money more effectively? How to make the most of your day and improve your relationships?

Everyone desires success, but what that means precisely varies from person to person. Everyone has different priorities and values of varying importance. Similarly, everyone has different experiences that shape their values. Hence, varying versions of ‘being successful’ are inevitable.

Of course, everyone needs money. There are lots of things more innately important than money, but, in this world, money makes the world go round. We must pay the bills, the rent, pay for groceries, our cars, and so on. As such, money is necessary and very prevalent in people’s lives. As a result, a general part of ‘being successful’ is being financially secure. Beyond this general consideration is where the differences in peoples’ values and experiences start to take shape.

With this in mind, think of your definition of success. For you, what does it mean to be successful? Beyond having enough (or more than enough) money, what would it take for you to be satisfied with your life? What would bring you a sense of purpose and happiness?

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Extraordinary in the Ordinary

 

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Each day seems to be filled with the uninteresting, mundane activities and routines of everyday life. Yet, when we become sick, disabled, or otherwise incapacitated these activities take on a different light. Whether we become incapable of doing them or we have to put extra attention on accomplishing our everyday tasks, in these moments we are forced to reconsider what we think we know about our life.

Normally, and it’s unfortunate, it takes an illness, injury, or the like to make us reflect on everyday life and consider what we do day to day and why. Similarly, it is easy to take advantage of our everyday privileges and blessings. This is why a ‘wake up call’ and a shock to the system is often needed. So, in this sense, it is important to be mindful of the possibility of every day.

Have you ever noticed that ‘extraordinary’ – special, magnificent – is composed of ‘extra’ and ‘ordinary’? Now, there are many whims and complexities of the English language, but that is not the focus. Perhaps, to become more extraordinary, it is important to realize the blessings in the extra ordinary.

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A Home?

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What is home?

The word ‘home’ means different things to different people. Generally, though, ‘home’ is considered more than just a physical residence. For many people, ‘home’ is family and safety – a support system. Yet for others who don’t have a support system to rely on, home is just an unattainable ideal, a dream.

In the most general of terms, all of us have and share a home: Earth. The ground, plants, trees, animals, water, lakes, oceans, continents, air, metals, and other elements are priceless pieces of our reality that we are spiritually and biologically connected to. These connections are often overlooked and not fully realized.

It is important to know that this home we all share – with all of its elements – is not invincible nor infinite. Our home is not unsusceptible to the consequences of our everyday choices and actions. So, may our thoughts and actions be out of kindness and respect for our shared home.