What is Success, Really?

Congratulations on being on the road to success, because you are someone who seeks to learn from experiences. (I know that if you read this, you do…) Life is intended to be about “what do I learn from this?” instead of “Oh, no – I did it wrong!”  A great error we make is to measure our success/value/accomplishments with the yardstick of the masses. The greatest measure is to know within ourselves that what we have offered was given with the best of intentions we understood at the time. When we offer harmonious energy, intention, and ideas to the world, it creates effects far beyond this earthly dimension. It permeates all of consciousness.

Years ago I studied handwriting analysis. The first thing I learned about my handwriting indicated that I didn’t spend time planning, but instead preferred to follow my intuition; I was forward thinking, did not carry the past with me, and exceedingly optimistic. But it made for some terribly messy papers and poor penmanship. I inexplicably started class notes toward the center of the page, ran out of room at the end of the line and then completed the thought in the margins with lines and arrows connecting it all. Horrible! I’d start writing a letter neatly but as I revved up into the message I’d forget and my writing became messy again. I tried to be neat, to have perfectly even left margins, to put the dot over the “i” instead of way over into the next word – honest! I tried to make my lines straight but they insisted on wandering upward. I gave up. I decided it was better to be a possibility thinker than to have neat handwriting.

Life is like that. It’s better to be you at your authentic best, then to try to fit some “ideal” that would rob you and the world of your unique gifts. As a fellow soul traveler, I want to experience your enthusiastic attempts instead of an image of perfection that is empty of joy. Forget failure and focus on the advice of Norman Vincent Peale, “Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.

You cannot be a failure in life. As a soul living a human experience, you are not the human experience. You are not the relationship that is breaking up around you, or the person your birth family erroneously thinks you are or expects you to be, or the debt you accumulated that is throwing you into bankruptcy…You are an individualized expression of the divine energy of the universe, and as such are never, ever! judged by human measure.

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Trunk of dead tree in Pecos Wilderness forest. Has this tree failed because it is no longer a green, strong, stately, and vibrant pine? Or has it moved on to a new “life” offering home to ants and beetles that feed birds and lizards that in turn feed eagles? What if it said, “If I am not a live green tree, I am a failure” and thus disappeared? What a tragedy to the holistic planet that would be. So, how do we measure the value of any one life? With wisdom we will find value within perceived failure.

So what is all this disruption that is manifesting in everyone’s life right now? It is a metamorphosis. You are shedding the past to move into the next phase of “you”.  Can a butterfly become its potential without the dissolution of its old body? Can an apple tree seedling become a fruitful tree without changing its form and function? We think an apple tree is created to produce apples, but that is only one small portion of its existence. Isn’t part of its role to offer a home for birds, butterflies, wasps, borers, ants, eight year old boys who love to climb, an anchor for an old tire and rope swing, and apples that house happy worms yet still leave delectable fruit around the worm holes? Would Nelson Mandela have shifted the reality of South Africa and the world if he had not been imprisoned and thereby come to understand that it was not being in a cell that made him a prisoner, but true imprisonment was only possible if he allowed his heart and wisdom to be bound and fettered?

May you be empowered to make your choices from your Self wisdom, and to trust that you and I and all of us are co-creating a better reality. Go for it!

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About Ellie Hadsall

My life is a journey with insights and gifts being revealed as I move forward. Every one I meet is a companion on this adventure. Together, we ride a wave of transformation. Let's leave the old behind and move through new portals! After a long, fulfilling career in human resource, personal development, and motivational speaking, I am currently a spiritual mentor, author, intuitive, Kriya minister, Vedic fire ceremony practitioner, meditation teacher and spiritual friend.
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