Wednesday, August 22, 2001
Success is not a matter of having money or possessions, nor is it a matter of having power or recognition. True success is found in being a totally integrated – "whole" – human being. To the extent that any individual becomes whole, these things (money or power) no longer matter, and paradoxically, they quite simply start to come into being for that person seemingly without effort. At least that has been my own experience, and I know it to be the experience of others.
If success is in being "whole", then let's consider what this means.
If something is "whole", then it is considered to be complete, containing all components and is in one piece, not being divided or broken. In personal terms, when we consider someone to be whole, this means that they are not wounded, injured, or impaired. This does not necessarily mean that they have never been broken, wounded, injured or impaired in some way, but having been so, they have been healed and restored.
These definitions are pretty limited in scope, but are a good starting point for discussion.
In my opinion, a pretty good measure of wholeness is in how much peace and contentment, love and acceptance we experience in every day life, not only with respect to others and how we may relate to them, but first and foremost with respect to ourselves, and how we see ourselves.
More to come on this subject ...