It took me a while- actually- most of my life to realize I had been living my life with an imposed definition of success.
My parents are humble Irish folk who actually instilled in me -a sense of appreciation for the simple – grounded aspects of life. Growing up in the States I guess I learned a different more high powered definition of success, one that I associated with the “American Dream”.
For many -success is defined by owning an amazing car, a number of houses, having the world at your fingertips and by having a full bank account. In my life, at various times, I have been blessed to experience all of these things and over the course of my life many of these things have come and gone- some more than once. Having had such diverse experiences with material success has given me the opportunity to assess and look closely at what I truly value- what is most important to me. I have come to believe that family friends, precious time in nature, connection to spirit and creating the precious time to listen from within- are core values for me.
I have come to learn that life has phases and stages – often unrelated to our chronological age. These phases and stages provide us with a chance to connect with our higher wisdom and knowledge. It is so important to take the time to look closely at our lives and to be aware of what guides and drives us. It is important to check in and to determine if we are driven by images and ideas of the past and if we are defining success from external sources and not from our core values.