“The fruits of success . . .”

I read this article today and wanted to share with all of you.  We all want to be “successful” and many times we think that money and titles are tangible signs of success.  I’m sure many of you are like me . . . you have (or had) a career that is unnoticed by the world at-large.  However, you’ve probably touched people in ways that have had a lasting and positive impact.

Bea Positive “Bea-lieves” that my life is successful!  I hope you enjoy the article and will share with others!

by Deepak Chopra, MD

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20131102024414-75054000-are-you-destined-for-success

An excerpt from “Are You Destined for Success?” November 02, 2013

The fruits of success, as measured in lifelong satisfaction, are far more meaningful. They consist of:

  • Setting a long-range goal and fulfilling it.
  • Building a secure sense of self.
  • Becoming a unique individual.
  • Fulfilling your potential in a satisfying way.
  • Evolving in strength, love, and wisdom.
  • Being of service to others.
  • Living for a higher value that can be described as spiritual.
  • Staying true to yourself.
  • Becoming a role model.
  • Being part of a stable and loving family.
  • Living with dignity.

These are the ingredients of a truly successful life. You can achieve them in parallel to a brilliant career or a career that will go unnoticed by the world at large. Every deeply rooted culture has valued the inner qualities that produce worthy individuals, who are the flower of that culture. If you lack these qualities, becoming a king will still leave you feeling empty and miserable. What I’ve outlined is called the path of wisdom in the East, and it’s worth considering here and now. In a consumerist society driven by the ethic of win-lose, it comes as a relief to know that there is another way.

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Enjoy being unique!

“Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated.  When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.”     ~ Wilson “SnowflakeBentley 1925

I am sure that many of you have heard the phrase “no two snowflakes are alike”.  This was actually proven by Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley who was the first to photograph a single snow crystal, or snowflake.  He captured over 5000 snowflakes in his lifetime, not finding any two alike!

Do you know how snowflakes are formed?  Snowflakes form as snow crystals in the clouds when the temperature dips below the freezing point.  As the crystal drops through the cloud, it bumps and knocks others becoming a snowflake.  The more “bumping” the crystal goes through as well as a little melting and refreezing, the more complex and beautiful the snowflake becomes. 

People, like snowflakes, are one-of-kind, too.  We each have our own individual human fingerprint.  Throughout our lives, we experience trials – like “bumps” for the snow crystals – and tribulations – like temperature changes for the snow crystals.  These trials and tribulations are constantly melding – not melting – us into a beautiful, complex being and developing our unique gifts and talents.

Just think if “Snowflake” Bentley hadn’t shared his passion with us.  Nobody placed any value on his photographing snowflakes, but that didn’t stop him.  Many of us have conformed into a way of making a living that is practical without satisfying the needs of our hearts.  Don’t let practicality get in the way of being unique and enjoying your passions!

What is unique about you?  Don’t “melt away” like a snowflake . . . leave your record with us today!

 

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