SUCCESSPosted: October 16, 2013
What is success?
In this material world it is something I have found hard to come to terms with (or achieve).
As a concept it is difficult to measure, to enjoy and even to aspire to
When judged in terms of, and against, the failings and misfortune of others.
But in a world of animate totality, of dynamic energetic exchange
What might this much-maligned expression denote?
If I do not live among mountains, how may I climb them?
Is it simply a moment of movement,
A statement in time of our good-natured evolution,
Taking all and everybody’s best interests into account?
Is it a milestone of achievement, material and otherwise,
A gateway to another place, another sense of consciousness,
A breath before another, without judgement,
A knowing as yet unknown?
Or is it a building block that we willingly grant ourselves
A stepping-stone, a rope swing, a train of thought, a shift of perspective
That leads us elsewhere?
And who is to say, other than ourselves,
If we have succeeded or not in our own intimately chosen path,
If our own limitations have been reached or challenged sufficiently,
Or if those standards are to be universally acknowledged
And recognized by just a few (who should really know better)?
In an ecological sense
Succession is a phase of transition
A holistic progression towards a more fitful state
A communal symbiotic process in relation to all
I shall keep this in mind
As I fail
As I make fresh and exciting mistakes on a daily basis
As I make ready for change
As I step into the unknown
© P Ward 2013