If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.
~Henry David Thoreau
For years this quote hung on my office wall.
It was a reminder to follow my heart and pursue my dreams. To live the life I wanted to live.
I am currently reading Wishes Fulfilled by Wayne Dyer and in it he shares this quote as a definition of success. Funny, but I never considered it that way. Yes, the quote talks about meeting with success, but I always focused on the pursuit of dreams part of the quotation.
Dr. Dyer’s comment has caused me to step back and look at this quote more closely.
As I shared in my book, Breaking the Spell, defining success is somewhat of an elusive quest. In my research I discovered that everyone has their own definition—their own take on what constitutes success.
I must admit, I think I like the idea of success being measured in following my own dreams and pursuing the life I want.
Perhaps this quote will become my new definition of success.
Coincidentally, today is my 31st wedding anniversary. And rather than looking at that statistic as a measure of success (i.e. we’ve been married for 31 years so our marriage is a success) I think I’d rather look at it like this… we’ve spent the last 31 years living life and pursuing our dreams together. We’re living the life we want, together, and THAT is why our marriage is a success.
What do you think?
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