“I’ve never sought success in order to get fame and money; it’s the talent and the passion that count in success.” ~ Ingrid Bergman ….
It is often quite painful to watch people deserting their authentic selves in order to obtain some worldly thing of fleeting value such as fame, fortune, power, acceptance, or praise, especially when those individuals are someone close to us that we care for deeply. And as parents, as we try to help guide our children towards the paths in which they will encounter the least amount of thorns and darkness along the way, this becomes all the more apparent. Yet often times the best thing we can do for those we love, is to allow them the freedom to experience life on their own terms. This allows us to be there both as a shoulder to lean on, and as a lighthouse that can shine as a beacon and an example during the storms of life.
One of the best things we can share with the world is the value of doing things because we have a passion for them, and not just for the rewards, as the rewards will never bring us any real and lasting success in life. On the other hand, when we can define our true nature, and live our lives in ways that allow us to express our true authentic selves, we succeed in life because we succeed in living our lives with much more happiness, and in much more whole and fulfilling ways.
I have yet to meet an individual in which money or fame has brought the same kind of happiness that I find in those individuals who are passionately serving others… and I am quite confident that this is not a fluke. For it seems to me that just as athletes stick to the positions that they are skilled at and that they love to play, we, too, have our own unique gifts and talents that are imbedded within our true nature. And it is only through embracing our talents and our passions in life that we will truly come to live our lives to the fullest.
Share your talents and your passions with others.
Questions to consider:
What are you passionate about in life?
Why do so many people desert their lines of talent? Why is success deeper-rooted when it follows our authentic self?
Have you ever tried to define your authentic self? Can this self be different in various contexts?
For further thought:
“Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your own line of talent. . . . Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed; be anything else and you will be ten thousand times worse than nothing.” ~ Sydney Smith, Wit and Wisdom of the Rev. Sydney Smith