success to the busy

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

It isn’t always clear to me what success is. Some days success feels like getting everyone to all of their appointments on time, or getting that last order in the mail before I have to make dinner. Some days success is making it to the bottom of my “to-do” list, or the bottom of the laundry pile, or the bottom of my inbox. (Or getting to the bottom of that mystery smell coming from the refrigerator!) Last weekend success was having a good, long visit with grandparents I hadn’t seen for months.

Let’s face it, success means different things to different people, and even in the same person it’s different things on different days. Which means that success isn’t really a goal on its own. Yet how many of us go from day to day seeking it? Think of all the yearbook goals our classmates made, to grow up and “be successful.” I wonder what that meant to them then? I wonder if they feel successful?

What do you think success means? What makes you feel successful?