Success Is Relative
I often wonder if faith is built from success because success on any level helps people to believe there can be more in life.
What gives us the strength and desire to continue in a path that we may feel is our destiny if we haven't found success yet? I believe people are born to do things. I don't believe that just because someone has found success in a specific area that it reflects their true mission in life. I'm good at a lot of things. I could work in corporate America and be super successful. I know how to play the game, how to code switch, and how to accommodate the corporate vision. I could work in a lot of areas and find monetary success. I did that for a long time and always felt like I would die from boredom at any moment. I remember working at Nationwide and looking over the bridge that connected one department to the next. I looked over the bridge and thought about jumping off of it. Not to die, but to see how exactly I would land. I quit working there the next day.
I've been doing a lot of soul searching and realizing that success is determined individually. Now money, money is money and either you have it or your don't. However when it comes to success, that margin will always remain debatable. There will always be positive people that will say any level above the one prior is a margin. The realists who say, if you aren't at the top you are at the bottom.
I live more in a place of peace. If I'm not at peace, then I haven't reached success. When my bankroll isn't flourishing and I have to decide between things I want to purchase, then I'm not successful. I do have different areas in life that I want to be successful. Some are fulfilled and others aren't. I can't say anything about the type of parent I am until my child reaches her potential. I try everyday to be the best mother I can, so I am successful at attempting to be the best mom daily. My daughter's progress simulates my teachings to be progressive.
I really look at jobs and say, "Man, I could do that." I have so much experience in retail and the health care industry. I never apply because there could be someone out there who really wants that position and I don't. So why would I take a position just because I'm good at it knowing I don't want it. I could be taking someone's blessing.
I can say that the first few months of moving here were really difficult. I lost a baby and got much sicker than I've ever been. We second guessed our move and Amirah was having a hard time being away from friends and family. However we took a deep breath, started doing family yoga, and really taking advantage of hiking trails. We realized the more time we spend outside and in nature, the more peaceful our move became. Since moving, many of our friends have come to visit and we eventually settled in. I am successful in love and being loved, but at this point in life I can't cash a check for that. I realize having a family that supports and loves me is an irreplaceable and priceless gift.
As I continue on the path of career success, I find peace in knowing that I am walking my path. I am creating and living honestly and through my heart. I believe the creator would never give us a gift or talent so strong and clear if we aren't supposed to fulfill it. As you journey through life, especially the hard moments when everything seems to be going the opposite direction of productive, take a walk outside, talk to God, and find peace with your situation. Once you find peace, you can work yourself out of whatever it is that is holding you back. Remember we never know when our moment will come, in the mean time continue to protect and prefect your craft.
Success isn't measured by the amount of steps you take, but simply by taking steps in the first place
This is just a video of our first few months here and the good memories we made.