Today, Everyday Power Blog asked “How Do You Define Success?”

Here is my response:

A dear colleague, about 25 years my junior, wrote this. She died before her 21st birthday by which time she had shared much of her wisdom:

Success is speaking words of praise
In cheering other peoples’ ways,
In doing just the best you can
With every task and every plan.
It’s silence when your speech would hurt,
Politeness when your neighbour’s curt.
It’s deafness when scandals flow,
And sympathy when others woe.
It’s loyalty when duty calls,
And courage when disaster falls.
It’s patience when the nights are long,
It’s found in laughter and in song.
It’s in the silent time of prayer,
In happiness and in despair.
In all of life and nothing less
We find the thing we call success …

Julie Musca, Queensland, Australia

Excerpted from Finding The Tiger, A Coming of Age, Authorhouse,  2012, page 33.

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