I was talking to my Mom earlier today about changing the definition of success. I was telling her that I think anyone can be successful, depending on how they define it, as it means something different for all of us. We were talking about how there are times when I wake-up, and I feel success just getting ready for the day, getting the kids together, and making it through the day. Other days, success may mean just sitting at home, resting and enjoying my family. Later today at work, I was talking with a friend of mine about appreciating who we have in our lives before they are gone. He was telling me that he has lost many of the members of his family. I empathize with him.
Though I am so very lucky to have loving and supportive people in my life, I lost my Dad ten months ago to the day. I remember I was strong during that time- for him and my family- and I had to be. I think my head injury actually helped me to get through it, so that I could make decisions and follow-through with his wishes, without so many of the extra thoughts that would have normally consumed my mind. I have a vivid recollections of his last couple of days, and so many wonderful memories from before my injury. I am lucky in the way that though I recall, in emotion, how I felt and how he felt, I do not have as many memories of the negative- I truly appreciated all my time with him, until the very end. I think that is a success to celebrate- appreciating all there is before it is gone. Whether it be family, friends, memories, or our old selves.
I think we should cherish and celebrate the successes in creating our new selves.
Be the reason someone chose not to give-up.
Photo credit to https://beacon.wharton.upenn.edu/entrepreneurship/2014/11/scale-your-mindset/