Mulled this quote over as I ate my stale fortune cookie.
Then, after choking down the cookie, I actually really did think about the fortune. I feel like I actually am lucky enough to “taste the sweets of success” (although perhaps sweetness of success may be a more accurate phrase I kind of think this sounds nicer and flows better).
Sure, I have a decent paying job that I typically really enjoy. A roof remains over my head, I have money to eat healthy food, and I have plenty of other items and opportunities to keep myself occupied. This base things are not what I mean when I have been thinking of success, though.
Success as defined by Merriam-Webster also means, “a favorable or desired outcome”. I don’t think it’s absurd to want happiness in my life, a lot of people do and according to the United States’ Declaration of Independence I’m entitled to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” In my book, I pretty much equate success with happiness.
That’s the thing about happiness and success. As rationale human beings we have the ability to define what these words mean for us. We also have the opportunity if we desire to do something to create our own happiness and success in accordance to what we want.
I cannot quantify my own success/happiness (as defined by me) but I can feel it. With every smile that passes my lips or bout of laughter that racks my body, I feel genuinely happy. I also feel incredibly lucky for the people that I’m surrounded with inspire me. My family and close friends help generate joy in my life as well as their own lives.
That’s the thing about joy. It can spread like wildfire if we let it. That is what I want out of life, my favorable or desired outcome and definition of success is not only to be happy but to help others be happy as well. To help others have the freedom to pursue their own happiness as I myself attempt to.
Those little things make a difference. Holding the door for someone, saying “hi” to someone, and even just smiling at someone else can brighten someone’s day. It’s happened to me plenty of times, I won’t be feeling that great and then I’ll meet someone and chat with them and that small conversation will lift my spirits and carry me through my day.
Usually, I think fortune cookies are pretty silly and generally grammatically incorrect which pains me. This one, though, really got to me and made me think about my life and what I really want out of it. I hope that I continue to remember all of the incredible things I have been able to experience and keep tasting the sweetness of success – happiness.
So, world, here’s my gift to you!
(I’m sorry this smiley face is so creepy)
But, if you smile and spin around on one leg it could be an even better experience!
How do you define your own success? Can you?
Regardless, I hope that you have been able to pursue your own happiness and taste the sweets of success too!