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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Ambition



Ambition. What drives our ambition? What does our culture teach men and women alike, about ambition? Some call it "blind ambition."  I think it wise for all of us to pay heed to this quote. Blind ambition? I think not. I think from a tender age, we are consciously,unconsciously geared toward a guiltless ambition in a harmful, negative way. The world is something to conquer. A perspective not kind to the heart, body, mind, or soul.

As a child into adulthood, my head spun from the endless imagery of success and it's definition. What I thought I wanted was to be successful, make money, own a great ride and so on. Why are we so purposeful about teaching our children to be the best at everything and that everything important is material?  It is OK if you don't agree with me. I know in my experience I learned more about how to be the best, the smartest, the prettiest, the wealthiest, in place of.........

How can I attain the goal of displaying and showing to the world the best human being I can be?  How can I learn to be honest, role model honesty? Care. Love. Critically think. Have my yes mean yes and my no mean no. How can I?  Who is there to teach me what it really means to smile at someone, look people in the eye, be upfront and honest. Love.  How do I learn what it means to give back to community, have a loving heart and "Do for others as I would have them do unto me?"

I thank my loving God that we have free will.  We can make wise choices instead of faltering in the muck. We can learn from one another. We can love, feel, heal and move mountains. I do not define success in life by materials or what the world has taught me. I do define success and ambition as using the gifts God has given me and using those gifts to better human kind. We can live our lives by taking the higher road even if it is difficult. Being open to a new  paradigm.

I used to pray that God would give me the "Big Corporate Employee Assistance Job" that we all yearned for in my mental health field. Life is funny. I worked at corporate and felt a deep lack of life,individuality, soul. Yet, we were to help others by way of mental health calls. What was called "helping" was not. "Be careful what you pray for, you just might get it."  I dreaded every moment of it. I could not breathe.

I turn forty nine years old tonight at midnight. I am blessed to turn forty nine with my identical twin sister. The  definition of ambition and success has drastically changed for me over time. I feel comforted that in this hour, this moment, I am proud of who I am. I am proud to be a mother. I am proud to live each day with the power of the holy spirit living in me. I am a success. Perhaps not in the worlds definition of success, but my power is in him. And. I am OK with that. In fact, I am filled to overflowing.

"Lift your being up to the highest plane and you shall live in abundant happiness."  Laura Rogers

6 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Girls!
    Fabulous 49th birthday blog.

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  2. I just have one ambition at this precise moment... and that is to wish you and your twin... HAPPPpPpPPPPY Birthday (at midnight) I'll be sleeping by then!

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  3. November Rain
    Oh how you made me giggle. I love that One ambition.

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  4. I do think that blind ambition is a scary thing...or even ambition that drives someone to become greedy and monstrous in the process of attaining success is even worse.

    That said--I think having ambition that is focused positively on an end goal can help make the world a much happier place. I know so many people who aspire and dream to do things with their life--to make a difference in our world, but they lack the ambition to put their plan into place. Instead the dream is just that -- a dream--that somewhat leaves them unfulfilled down the road.

    Perhaps it is about how we approach our ambitious endeavors that make ambition something to refrain from or embrace? Some great food for thought!! Excellent blog Laura on this week's topic!! Cheers, Jenn.

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  5. Jenn
    Well said, ambition witht the right frame of mind is great. Good morsels...

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