Happiness and Success
Jazz music and aromas of vanilla and expresso bean pervade the air, before I reach the entrance I notice dark mahogany trim outlining large glass window panes. I turn and look quickly and notice that outside the flashing neon washes all our faces blue. While, inside hostile wenches serve you brew. Outside, seven, sullen motorcycles brood. This picture frames an anxious mood. Just another night at the Hotel U. Check your pockets before you leave this place. Look closely at this picture and you'll see your face. There I go drifting on my creative urges, but wait, that's what being successful is. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. To get there one has to leave the city of comfort and go into the wilderness of the intuition. What is discovered is wonderful. Learning, telling stories, painting pictures, and sharing them with others, that's success. For the longest time I thought success was having a lot of money. So I worked, worked and then worked some more. I had money, but I had no time to do the things that made me really happy. Albert Schweitzer surmises, "Success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." Real success is living a life of integrity, compassion and reciprocity.
Francis Bacon stated, "It's not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity." The ability to integrate positive and negative influences in one's life is the next step on the path to success. Success is a journey; it has multiple peaks, not one ultimate summit. One success builds another. Failures and setbacks are probably more important than success in these journeys. It's through these failures that one grows and learns. Consider this famous person's record: Failed in business in '31. Defeated for the legislature in '32. Again failed in business in '34. Sweetheart died in '35. Had a nervous breakdown in '36. Defeated in election in '38. Defeated for Congress in '43. Defeated for Congress in '46. Defeated for Congress in '48. Defeated for Senate in '55. Defeated for Vice President in '56. Defeated for Senate in '58. Elected President in '60… This man was Abraham Lincoln. Failure...