Tuesday, October 25, 2005

What to "Be"?

I was never one of those people who knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. Though I always have admired people who did. I pondered many things, but in the end I have been content to be a good wife and mother. I have a wonderful life. I love my family, I have a job that I enjoy and it affords me the freedom to be a mother first and creative at the same time. I love to garden and it is satisfying seeing it grow into the place I had envisioned.

Some wouldn't be content with this I suppose. Some people seek success. But what is success? Fame and fortune? I have never been a seeker of a spotlight. When I rode horses I never entered a show. My garden has never been on a garden tour. I do things because of passion. Obsession maybe? Or is obsession and passion one in the same?

At the end of the day I think I am successful at being"Be". That's what I am now that I am grown up.

12 Comments:

Blogger Alice said...

It sounds to me like you have definitely achieved personal success for you. It's an interesting question - "What is success?" I will have to give some thought to that question.

12:58 AM  
Blogger Boxwood Cottage said...

For me succes is when I lead a happy and content life and do the things I do with passion, like you said you do, and beeing able to enjoy life is important. In my eyes, if the way you live is satisfying for you, you have succeeded!

3:31 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I agree with your definition Carol. Success does mean different things to different people.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Tami said...

Sandy,

I think people tend to succeed at the things they enjoy doing, others see that and try to push them to fill other slots because they see that they are suceeding, unfortunately, sometimes the ones being pushed don't know how to say "no, I like what I do, now".
Money can ruin a hobby faster than anything, I think. Once in a while a person can make a hobby a profession with out ruining the pleasure it gives, but not often.

Tami

11:17 AM  
Blogger Dianne said...

I think success is enjoying what you have chose to do with your life-as simple as that.
At one time I wanted to be a early childhood teacher, but after spending time in a classroom when my son was little I decided it wasn't for me.
I stay home, did a little selling on eBay. Now if Martha Stewart needed a replacement....LOL

11:31 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Hi Tami
I garden for work and I still enjoy it as a hobby but I might not if I worked fulltime. I guess if it is under your own terms and doesn't cause alot of stress it could work.

1:32 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Hi Dianne, maybe you should try to get on her apprentice show. It would be cool to work for Martha!

1:34 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

Sandy,

I manage a pretty large garden center as a living, I do enjoy what I do. I was asked at one point to concider becoming the assistant store manager (company I work for is similar to Home Depot only privately owned), the money would have been better and I would have been more of a "success" I suppose in the eyes of some but I can honestly say, "I enjoy my job" and I didn't want to change that.

Tami

3:07 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Good for you Tami. It is nice to be in a job that you enjoy!

3:35 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Wilson said...

I've been out of the blogging world too long. You are very philosophical today. I think you are very successful. Money isn't everything when you don't have inner peace and contentment. What more could you ask for, health, happiness and a great family that loves you unconditionally.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

If you feel fulfilled they that is all that matters.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I agree Sylvana.

12:22 PM  

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