It’s pretty obvious that success is not a foregone conclusion! Most people work very hard to achieve it. Some exhaust their entire lives chasing what only seems to be an alluring mirage. Still others just seem to always land on their feet!
Happiness demands that we ask if success is worth chasing?
A wise old sage once lamented,
“I came to hate all my hard work here on earth, for I must leave to others everything I have earned. And who can tell whether my successors will be wise or foolish? Yet they will control everything I have gained by my skill and hard work under the sun. How meaningless! So I gave up in despair, questioning the value of all my hard work in this world.” – Ecclesiastes 2:18-20 NLT
Think of the highly esteemed and successful business guy that leaves home early and returns late. He burns the candles at both ends to provide for his growing family.
How long can you live this way before both ends of the candle meet in the middle and there is very little time left to enjoy the reason you worked so hard?
The successful man works so hard to provide for a family he hardly gets to enjoy. Meanwhile, the family enjoys the spoil but desperately longs for the father and husband that provides!
Fortunately, life tragedies shock us out of our progressive addiction for success for a moment. This is when we get a glimpse of what really matters on this earth. Why we really are working so hard. Perhaps there are moments of revelation that inspire an adjustment to the schedule. Sadly, the commitment to change lasts as long as the moments themselves.
What are we to do?
Is there any chance of change?
Perhaps the answer lies in the way we measure.
Maybe we should ponder more what today’s effort is really meant to deliver tomorrow?
Happiness demands a compromise!
Not a compromise of character or integrity but a compromise of scheduling and the measurements of success.
Happiness is asking if you would be willing to adjust your speed to enjoy the journey instead of ignoring the passengers on the way to your destination.
Happiness is pleading with you to look around into the eyes of those you are working so hard for and read what they are actually trying to say.
Success is not only the great accomplishments that we cannot take with us, it’s also the simplicity in the pursuit of happiness!