February 10, 2022
Ambitions reveal direction.
Ambition is a good thing as long as our aspirations don’t lead us to unhappiness. To often our search for prestige leads us to a place where this little time left for more than our work. I have learned that success without the time to enjoy life is a great mistake.
Some time ago Marc Chernoff shared some wisdom for us to think about. Here is what he wrote.
Stop Keeping Score. Happiness is the True Measure of Success.
Too many people try to numerically measure success. Most of these numbers relate to wealth, age, intelligence, and seniority. The problem with trying to numerically calculate success is that it doesn’t account for personal feelings, thoughts, and general happiness. That which makes one person happy does not necessarily make everyone happy. Thus, the qualities that make one person successful do not automatically represent a universal measure for success.
As tragic as it is, you must keep in mind that some of the most famous, wealthy intellects fall victim to addictions and suicide. Why? Because even though these folks possess numerous quantifiable elements that society typically uses to measure success, nobody can accurately estimate how they truly feel about their personal lives.
Take away all the excess minutiae. You cannot be successful if you are unhappy, and happiness cannot be measured in numbers. It is impossible keep an accurate score of success when the game is based on personal feelings and beliefs. The key is to realize that success is multidimensional. Just because someone is visibly successful at something they do, does not always mean that they are successful in life as a whole.
To be truly successful you must never suck it up to being unhappy for extensive periods of time. Life is just too short for that kind of sacrifice.
Being ambitious is actually good as long as you do not step on other people’s toes and provides inspiration to fellow men.
An elderly woman and her little grandson, whose face was sprinkled with bright freckles, spent the day at the zoo. Lots of children were waiting in line to get their cheeks painted by a local artist who was decorating them with tiger paws.
“You’ve got so many freckles, there’s no place to paint!” a girl in the line said to the little fella. Embarrassed, the little boy dropped his head.
His grandmother knelt down next to him “I love your freckles. When I was a little girl I always wanted freckles, she said, while tracing her finger across the child’s cheek. “Freckles are beautiful!”
The boy looked up, “Really?”
“Of course,” said the grandmother. “Why, just name me one thing that’s prettier than freckles.”
The little boy thought for a moment, peered intensely into his grandma’s face, and softly whispered, “Wrinkles.”
Some men break your heart in two,
Some men fawn and flatter,
Some men never look at you;
And that cleans up the matter.”
He has a sure way to keep her from buying an outfit… When she tries it on, he says, “I love that middle-aged look it gives you.”
A very zealous soul-winning young preacher recently came upon a Farmer working in his field. Being concerned about the farmer’s soul the preacher asked the man, “Are you laboring in the vineyard of the Lord, my good man?” Not even looking at the preacher and continuing his work, the farmer replied, “Naw, these are soybeans.” “You don’t understand,” said the preacher. “Are you a Christian?” With the same amount of interest as his previous answer the farmer said, “Nope my name is Jones. You must be looking for Jim Christian. He lives a mile south of here.” The young determined preacher tried again asking the farmer, “Are you lost?” “Naw! I’ve lived here all my life,” answered the farmer.
“Are you prepared for the resurrection?” the fustrated preacher asked.
This caught the farmer’s attention and he asked, “When’s it gonna be?”
Thinking he had accomplished something the young Preacher replied, “It could be today, tomorrow, or the next day.” Taking a handkerchief from his back pocket and wiping his brow, the farmer remarked, “Well, don’t mention it to my wife. She don’t get out much and she’ll wanna go all three days.”
One half of all the troubles in the world can be traced to saying, “YES” too quickly and not saying, “NO” soon enough.
Tim was on his deathbed and gasped pitifully. “Give me one last request, Dear,” he said.
“Of course, Tim,” his wife said softly.
“Six months after I die, he said, “I want you to marry Lawrence.”
“But I thought you hated Lawrence,” she said.
With his last breath, Tim said, “I do!”
On a scale of 1 to 10, 4 is about a 7.
While meditating in the country, a poet noticed a farmer looking at him curiously. “Ah,” said the poet, “perhaps you, too, have seen the golden-red fingers of dawn speeding across the eastern sky, the red-stained sulfurous islets floating in a lake of wine in the West, the ragged clouds at midnight, blotting out the shuddering moon?” “No,” replied the farmer, “not lately. I’ve been on the wagon for more than a year.”
The road to success is marked with many tempting parking spaces.
*Laws of Parenting*
1. The later you stay up, the earlier your child will wake up the next morning.
2. For a child to become clean, something else must become dirty.
3. Toys multiply to fill any space available.
4. The longer it takes you to make a meal, the less your child will like it.
5. Yours is always the only child who doesn’t behave.
6. If the shoe fits…it’s expensive.
7. The surest way to get something done is to tell a child not to do it.
8. The gooier the food, the more likely it is to end up on the carpet.
9. Backing the car out fo the driveway causes your child to have to go to the bathroom.
10. If it’s advertised on tv, it’s a sure guarantee it better be under the Christmas tree.
My Dog Can Lick Anyone
Do you know your neighbors?
After living in our house for four years, we were moving out of state.
My husband had backed the truck up to our garage door so that we could start loading all of the boxes. Just then one of our neighbors came walking across the lawn carrying a plate full of muffins. “Isn’t that thoughtful,” my husband said to me. “They must have realized that we packed our kitchen stuff.” The neighbor stuck out his hand and boomed, “Welcome to the neighborhood!”
I must have told you a zillion times, don’t exaggerate!
Two men were discussing cars and one of them mentioned he had once owned a Rolls-Kinardly. “What is a Rolls-Kinardly?” his friend asked. “That,” the man explained, “is a car that rolls down one hill and kin ‘ardly get up the next.”
“I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon and a cat that comes home late at night.”
Inspiration, from whatever the source, arouses feelings within us that rekindle hope, ambition, and determination. It is a momentary whisper of encouragement and reassurance that causes us to become aware of our potential.
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