227. February 10th…..Get a degree…never sweep floors again….He promised…..

“Cross Section” 2009

“The deadliest bullshit is odorless and transparent” – William Gibson

the word success is defined as: the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.

my interpretation of that is ….when it’s all done and everything is good….then it’s successful….sort of like keeping score and at the end of the game one is and one is not….I’ve thought a great deal about success and sort of narrowed it down…to what I think is successful:

Success to me is:

1. Waking up each morning alive…capable and able to meet what is out there for the day

2. Having relationships that are rewarding …honest…mutually beneficial….and non-toxic

3. Being able to experience everything around me as it presents itself

4. Having the ability to think independently…reason….precieve….make decisions and mistakes

5. Ownership of what ever it is I decide to do

6. Knowing what I do and who I do it for doesn’t have to have a reward in it for me

7. Freedom of choice….

8. Being able to make myself and my way whatever I want them to be

9. Expression….be it visual or written

10. Have as many choices as I can choose

the western world has defined success by the ability to accumulate…whether it is wealth…position….status…cars….women…men…pot and pans…whatever it might be….there is a defining the person by the elements they have attracted….rather than defining the person by who and what they are….most people define themselves by their profession…when in reality their profession is probably the greatest interest they have…they don’t define themselves by their harmony or their ability to be like water…or by comparison…to something else…that might be metaphoric…and require the intellect creep in and take over…

Many people have no idea of what defining themselves is without the tangables…and what defining their success would be without the car…job…house…kids…breast augmentation….his new nose….and the myriad of items you have to put in the basket before passing through airport security…success is far more than a pay check…a job…and a fat bank account….nobody will ever remember you for those things…they will know you for actions….what you did….and how it changed maybe one small thing…that only 2 people noticed….

success is often a non-recognizable thing….maybe you did something great that no one saw…or acknowledged…yet you still did it….that’s success…or perhaps your life is designed to serve others….without them ever knowing it’s you…that is success….think of those very wealthy people who give enormous amounts of money anaynomously….maybe they don’t want the attention…and maybe they just want to get it out there without any recognition for the gift…

so sometimes success is far more than what we might think it is…it might be the big raise and the new job…or it might be helping out for nothing you can put in your pocket….I’d like to think success is often something you can see…but can not touch…..you can manipulate…but never control….you can smell it but can’t capture the fragrance……you can own success….as long as you help others find it too….success comes in a variety of modes and methods…kid of like doughnuts……that’s what I like about it…….

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