…And Successes


noun: the accomplishment of an aim or purpose

the attainment of popularity or profit

a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity

Vulnerabilities. Just when I am feeling vulnerable and all the world is at a tilt; there are successes. They need not even be my own. Belonging to someone close to me is enough to delight upon and right the world once again. A renewal in faith.

I believe success is, if anything, hugely personal. It finds its specific definition within its owner. Like an oyster holding a pearl. The color and size of success comes in many hues and millimeters, all of them gems. One person’s success might be another person’s failure. For me, I trust that any movement forward in life is a success in itself.

We have a graduation coming up in about a month. A big graduation for my husband and I and all of our family. But that in itself is not the success. The accomplishment of a goal my son has had since he was six is a part of that favorable outcome, to be sure. But the ‘attainment of popularity or [and] profit’ is what has ‘attained prosperity’, and our attention. He has gone another way with his plans after graduation. He has thought outside the box we provided him. He has wowed us and made the entire family oh so proud. And inspired each of us, too.

That is the success…going a different way. Doing what we didn’t know was possible. Inspiring others. Being independent. Which brings me to another success. One more child of mine is self-sufficient.  Financially. Spiritually. On-their-own. If vulnerabilities are my cracks, then successes are my golden fillings in which I bind myself together again. And the reality is that ‘the children are now working as if I did not exist’…and I kind of like that about myself.

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.'”

Maria Montessori

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