The ‘Julie and Julia’ syndrome – day4

Understanding Success

“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill

Back then about a decades or so, I made a choice
Today too I talk about it in the same voice
Priority to my family first, it will be
The point I never miss, even when I am broody
In time I changed in many ways
Though every now and then,  myself I did appraise
Tried holding on to all the skills I did possess
And was loosing a grip on many I do confess
Every tool needs to be sharpened from time to time
Often the rung of my own personal ladder I could not climb
People are recognized in this world for what they accomplish
Strive all their life to guard their feats from blemish
My mind opened and as a person I did grow
While counting my successes sometimes I felt hollow
I am always available for my family first
And in their life I am completely immersed
Each one is flourishing I know within deeply
I am known only by what is left of me

Do these thoughts cross my mind because we often grow up with an external conditioning? The mechanism by which society measures success is at times very strange. A certain amount of powerlessness makes people feel that you absolutely need a certain amount of money, or be around particular people or own specific things to be labeled as successful and that without them, you could never be happy.

So what is success?
It is, I believe a state of mind. And one cannot measure that with external devices. It is about finding your own unique pace and rhythm in life. And the ecstasy of playing your own music your way. It is the freedom you experience when you are being creative by setting your own standards. It is about doing what you love best, your best possible way. Be it writing a novel or writing accounts books. Be it about playing a sport or commencing a business. It could even be about being able to get a chance to meet and chat with your hero in life.

So here again I emphasize on self-awareness. With the lack of internal awareness we keep going round and round in circles.  But by being able to develop inner awareness, we could become much more involved with life because we would understand ourselves and others with a new and exciting clarity.

ACTION TAKEN : (on day 4)

  1. Reiki meditation : Evening 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm practiced self-healing. Read out positive statements again about my health. I visualized that I was exercising daily and saw myself slim and healthy, beautiful and energetic.
  2. Work out with the skipping rope. : Completed 100 jumps at a slow pace.

  3. Pranayam : Did 5 minutes of  anulom – vilom and 60 counts of kapaalbhaati which took about one minute.
  4. Aerobics : Evening  5:00 pm to 5:45 pm .I am feeling very active. Though not able to complete the routine smoothly as yet.
  5. Diet : still not been able to figure out a routine for the same.

    Plan to take up the first level of ‘Art Of Living’ course. Heard it helps you reach your optimum weight. May God help me!

    “You don’t drown by falling in water; you only drown if you stay there.”~ Zig Ziglar

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