“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
― Winston S. Churchill
Sometimes, the greatest lessons have come from failing. Or not finishing something started. But tonight I cannot help but wonder if our societal view of accomplishment is truly what makes us successful.
If one dies penniless or struggling with the demons of depression or isolation or any other situation where society or individuals might judge them for being “less than,” yet they are loved and love others, do they pass from this earth as a failure?
If another has all the fancy gadgets of the decade and a car that impresses others, whether paid for in cash or on credit, yet they are intent on destroying those they say they love, do they go to their graves as success stories?
As we now enter the last two months of this year, I begin to look back on this year and what I have learned and accomplished. I realize that the joys have been many and have nothing to do with money, accolades, or things.
The biggest accomplishments have come most often with the memories made with people who have shown me their true hearts with love, joy and laughter, and where I have been able to give them the same.
“There are more important things in life than winning or losing a game.” — Lionel Messi