June 23

No person is a failure
who is enjoying life.

William Feather


Today's Meditation:

Some of the nicest days that I have are the days that are spent enjoying things--enjoying the company of friends, enjoying the food that I eat, enjoying the fresh cool breeze, enjoying the music I hear and the sounds of the birds.  There's so much to enjoy here, and it's not just limited to things that are outside of us.  We are full participants in this experience of life--or we should be--and we can enjoy our own contributions to life and living just as much as we can enjoy the contributions of others.

What always fascinates me, though, is the number of people who are hugely successful based on the terms of society--wealth, social position, fame, etc.--but who don't seem to enjoy life much.  They tend to be petty, selfish, egotistical, greedy, arrogant, and rude--all indications that inside they're not happy at all, and not enjoying this wonderful life they've been given.

While I don't like a lot of the artificial stress that comes with teaching high school, I really do enjoy the job, and I enjoy working with young people, helping them to improve their skills and grow as people.  When I'm not at school, I find other things that I enjoy doing, and I pass on things that I don't enjoy, as much as I can.  This life is very short, so why would we spend any more time than necessary doing things that we don't enjoy?

You don't see my name in the newspapers and you don't see me being interviewed on TV.  That's fine with me.  I'm succeeding on my terms, mostly because I've found things that I really enjoy doing and I've gotten really good at them.  Because of that, I know that each day will be full of things that I enjoy, and I'm very, very thankful that I've had the good sense to try to do what I like to do instead of striving to be successful in the eyes of other people who wouldn't hesitate a second to criticize all I do.

Questions to consider:

Are you a success in life?  Why or why not?  If not, what could you do today to put yourself on the path to success?

What portion of each day do you actually enjoy?  What portion don't you enjoy?  How might you create more of the former and go through less of the latter?

What does "failure" mean to you?  Does a person who truly enjoys the life that he or she is living fall into that definition?

For further thought:

No one has success until he or she has the abounding life.  This is
made up of the many-fold activity of energy, enthusiasm and
gladness. It is to spring to meet the day with a thrill at being
alive. It is to go forth to meet the morning in an ecstasy of joy.
It is to realize the oneness of humanity in true spiritual sympathy.

Lillian Whiting


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