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wednesday wisdom: rules of living # 5

13 Mar 2014

ok. i’m a day late. but, you know. it happens. no biggie. and i know that you all will forgive me as lina and i were hanging out with our german friends who came for a visit. but, now we’ve said goodbye for a while and the rest of the week will be back to normal. sort of. lina’s on spring break, so we’ve got 4 days of no plans together – and that feels amazing.  well, friends, we’ve made it to week five of the 18 rules of living series already! thirteen weeks of wisdom to go. but let’s get right to this week’s tidbit of how to live according to the dalai lama:

18. judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

so, perhaps success is not measured by how much we acquire, but by how much we give up. and by giving up, i think that it is referring to sacrifices, losses, and passion. how much are we willing to lose in order to gain? you know, the good old belief that nothing comes without some hard work and dedication. and a successful person is someone who has fought for their dreams and never given up.

in my opinion, success has nothing to do with how much money i make or how many things i have. it is not about power, or even respect or authority or recognition. in fact, success isn’t about getting things at all… it is about how much we give away. and, don’t you agree that in giving we actually receive?

the more successful we are, the more we have learned, struggled, fought, and shared. so, in an effort to inspire each of us, i have found some great quotes on pinterest that remind us to chase our dreams, to make those dreams come true by working our asses off, and, ultimately, giving back to the world a little of what we have received.

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how do you define success? what makes up a successful life in your opinion?

love & peace. namaste.

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  • Reply Holly 14 Mar 2014 at 13:58

    Make your passion your paycheck… I like that! It certainly is not all about making cash, though that does help… I’m a firm believer of living within your current means… And you make those means fit your wants whatever!

    • Reply liz 15 Mar 2014 at 13:48

      Agreed 100%! Gosh, I wanna meet you and hang out together! xoxo

  • Reply Meg Evans 14 Mar 2014 at 22:21

    I would describe success as an ongoing process, rather than a destination. And yes, I agree it’s about giving up things that no longer fit who we are, and finding whatever we need to put in their place. Growth, discovery, openness, sharing, joy.

    • Reply liz 15 Mar 2014 at 13:49

      Oh, yes! Absolutely Meg! Success happens all along the way. Thanks for sharing that thought!

  • Reply P.E.A.C.E. 15 Mar 2014 at 12:59

    Wow.. wow… WOW! These are incredible Liz… all of them. And You! Thank you for sharing. xo Gina

    • Reply liz 15 Mar 2014 at 13:50

      There have been some pretty incredible things said about success, haven’t there? I was so inspired as I looked up quotes! xx

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