The Life Success Measuring Stick

6 thoughts on “The Life Success Measuring Stick”

  1. It’s good and useful to look back and assess your life, to realize how God has used past events – both painful and happy – to shape who you are. It’s also good to live in the present and not dwell on the past – be it happy or sad. The older I get, the more I realize that a feeling of youthfulness comes with always seeing each day as new and full of possibilities, rather than moaning about yesterday’s missed opportunities or longing for past glories. I’m confident that your family thinks you’re doing all right.

    1. Thanks for the kind words Patti, and I am sure they think so too…I am very happy at this point of my life.

  2. Wow. What a great introspection post. I learned a lot about you and enjoyed listening to you analyze the successes in your life, decade by decade. I can’t quite do three of those yet, but this is a great idea to consider when I get to the point you are and have had the realizations you’ve had. If blogging still exists by then. Lol!

    I think you made the right choice, Mike. You could have gone two different ways when all that stuff happened with your family. You could’ve chosen to lash out and hate the world and act as though life owed you something it didn’t, making you and everyone who knew you miserable. For life. But you chose the better path – the path of most resistance, probably, but the best path. The one that led you to understand that success means being happy and happiness is loving and being loved, and really trying to be the best you can be.

    Congratulations on making it through several decades of bitter trials and inexplicable pain. Every experience we have can make us stronger and more wise or break us. I’m happy to see you’ve chosen the former.

    Thanks for sharing this post. I really enjoyed it.

    1. What awesome feedback…thanks again Becky. I like to think my life has made me somewhat wiser and better able to assist others that might be going through some of life’s little speed bumps…

  3. Hej Mike, A lovely piece and it’s wonderful to see someone use their experience so positively. It’s worthless carrying around negative emotions from the past as baggage – it wastes so much time and energy that we could be putting in to reaching our current goals. You philosophical attitude that it’s the accumulation of all your experience that has made you what you are today and that you see that positively is fab.

    1. Thanks so much…and it’s true…all of my experiences positive and negative make me who I am…if I hadn’t had the negatives that I had, I would not have turned out this way…or would not have been in the right place at the right time to have the life I have now…

      I appreciate the kind words 🙂

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