Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Real Success

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.
Anna Quindlen, American Journalist/Novelist/Columnist

Soul noises from faint whispers to full-blown screams will guide any quest for success, if we allow it. Refusing to listen to our built in warning system makes wasted vibrations out of sound advice. Sometimes the mind says we cannot do something and the soul disagrees, yet we let thoughts stop us from even trying. Sometimes the heart wants to believe a lie so badly that it lowers the volume or mutes it altogether while a soul is already weeping for a heart not as yet broken.
Until recently I lacked real understanding of just how powerful the noises are and how much easier everything would be if I listened more carefully. I am adjusting my hearing to a much deeper internal spot than ever before, and flipping the volume as high as it will go. Once something is understood it has to be put to practice or we never grow in wisdom.
Bending in order to belong is always wrong. Any end that is justified by any means is not one worth lending your soul to. Uncomfortable success is only satisfying to someone who does not care what they do to achieve it. They are welcome to their hollow rewards, I will listen to my soul and take whatever success I can reach without setting off any alarms.