Most of us keep running after success throughout our lives knowing not what it is and it keeps eluding us. Mostly, we define success in terms of positions that we attain or physical facilities like a palatial house, a big car, a fat salary, a huge bank balance, etc. We keep working very hard without any respite to think as to what exactly this success is all about. In this “Bhagam-Bhag” (aka Rat-race), we have little time for building relationship, being busy from morning till evening acquiring more and more physical facilities endlessly. If we carefully look at our daily schedule, we would find that our major chunk of the time goes towards accumulation of these physical facilities. And when we attain them, we, for a while do get pleasure but that is very short-lived and yet again, we restart this cycle to look for something that will give us a feeling of having succeeded. The primary reason for this feeling is that we do not allocate our time wisely towards nurturing our relationships with our family members, friends and colleagues. I am not trying to suggest that these physical or material things have no importance at all. They do play a significant role in our lives and are important to lead a decent life style but the problem starts when they become the only focus of our life totally ignoring our relationships. So, we need to define first what “Success” means to us.
According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great American philosopher, Success means:
“To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of elder people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty and goodness in others;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know that even one life has breathed easier because you lived.
This is to have succeeded in life.”
Lastly, When we succeed, Success makes us feel Happy. Happiness is a feeling within; it has nothing much to do with physical or material things. When there is caring, appreciation, love, and affection for others; when there is trust and respect in the relationships, we are happy and successful.
Harmony in relationship is the key that opens the door to Success and Happiness.
Be successful…Be happy…Always.