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Measuring Success?(how much is enough?)
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deadcarp    Posted 05-08-2004 at 05:36:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
How do you measure success? it's all in perspective and we can modify that at will - so change what you can and ignore the rest. for example we were poor as kids but didn't know it cuz everybody in our world was poor. How did our minds get by without excess? Easy - we busied ourselves with what we could reach. Kids know their future is what we do today which is molded by yesterday's lessons, but that gets lost in life.

So ask yourself are you content with what you have now? Would you feel better with another million? another 1/2 million? 100,000 (and so on) until you decide on a workable number. In the process of seriously reviewing your needs for contentment, you'll have to admit there's other pleasures in life. Doesn't matter if the "working number" is reachable or not. It can be a goal or a dream.

Then start at the other end: Forget money - what single incident/event made you feel best yesterday? How many more of those would provide contentment? Sounds silly but my daily goal is to sleep like a baby that nite. With that in mind, alot of functional questions are already answered - (how would i like to treat people today? How should i dress? What should i do? Where should i go?) See? - my perspective helped define the day's parameters.

The most fun i had yesterday was watching the ducks eat. So i think i'll feed the ducks. The hardest part of poverty is dealing within it. Master that and money don't mean much. :)


jfky    Posted 05-08-2004 at 13:01:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree. Money will not bring happiness and people never seem to have enough. Example last months figures are that income rose .4% yet expenditures also rose .4%-if you chart these 2 factors over time you will see that they are excactly the same for increases, hence every raise people get they spend. O fcourse we live in a concumption based growth orientened society that teaches us we can never be happy without more materialism. Speaking as a couple who are debt free and actually earn enough from the farm to pay our incidentials-we have one income from off farm to pay for kids 529, health & life insurance, and ensure our retirement-it is interesting when you reach a certain level and shake off the bounds that the average person has. Such as house payment, vehicle payment, credit dcards, etc. Most people never master money it masters them.


Charles    Posted 05-08-2004 at 09:24:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Best thing that happened to me yesterday was gettin' the burn pile lite in a full on down pour with only one match...


Alias    Posted 05-08-2004 at 08:52:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
DC I'm finding that I don't need all the things I have. I've got so much stuff that I have to keep it boxed up to keep from tripping on it. The result is, I have pricey, (Not Priceless, mind you), treasures that I haven't seen for years. So, what good are they? When I'm gone the kids can have a yard sale with whatever they don't want to keep.

Secondly, I'm finding that I don't want anything. I think it's because I don't feel the need to keep up with, or impress anyone. So, I guess it all boils down to Thereau's theory that "A man is welthy in direct porportion to the number of things he can do without".

So, what made me happiest yesterday? Playing ball with our old dog, Gypsie Girl. Today? it's all about tilling in my garden, (Even thought it was wetter than I'd like). And, getting the news that my DIL is at the hospital awaiting delivery. What makes me feel good?....knowing that God is in Charge of my life and I don't have to worry.....gfp



~LENORE    Posted 05-08-2004 at 09:02:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
AMEN, If success and contentment are pretty much the same; I am successful.

I go to bed most nights with no worry in my mind. I dump it all in God's lap (that is what He said I should do) and I sleep like a peaceful kid. I wake up in the morning happy, thank Him for the day, and get ready for whatever the day brings.

Life is good cause God is good. Without that reassurance, I would be a disaster area full of worry and misery.




Sid    Posted 05-08-2004 at 08:50:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
I generally feel I am a happy person even though I have that desire for a few more balese to the acre a few more pounds on that calve get a little more done than I did yesterday but I still sleep if it doesn't happen. I have learned and I will admitt sometimes it is hard to do but I read success should not be measured by what we have but by what we don't need. I have got to admitt I don't have any needs' quite a few wants but not needs. So I think maybe I am successful.


DD    Posted 05-08-2004 at 08:16:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree Deadcarp, TOTALLY! The Greatest Joy in my life is seeing a smile on my sons face and knowing he Believes in me. As a school bus operator it's knowing that I care about each and everyone of my special needs students enough that their parents entrust me with them everyday. Driving down the road and seeing the look of : O on a small but sad looking childs face in the car beside me when they look up and see me waving and smiling at them out the window. At school it's seeing and hearing the cheers of all around when a student in a wheelchair who's parents have been told they'll never walk take those first few steps. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away ; ) I may not have alot of $$$ but I have food in my belly, a roof over my head, a job, and Love in my Heart for my fellow man. THOSE are the things that make me one of the richest people in the world. The things that TRULY MATTER in this life : ) I saw a little plaque one time that said: 100 years from now it won't matter what kind of car I drove or what kind of clothes I wore, It will only matter that I made the difference in the life of a child : ) I'll find that lil plaque someday and I'll display it proudly. We wear many hats in this life but the one that's most important ( I think) is in teaching a child all about life. They truly are our future.


sdg    Posted 05-08-2004 at 06:07:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with you Deadcarp. I could have all the money in the world and I wouldn't be any happier than I am now when I see my kids laugh or when I have coffe with my parents or when I see the smile across my husbands face when I cooked his favorite meal or first thing in the am when I go out to the barn and my animals are all happy to see me. That means more than anything.


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