August 30, 2013 by Annie
The other day, I was chatting with one of my colleagues in the office. When it was brought up that I only work 25-30 hours per week, she seemed appalled. “So…what do you do with yourself the rest of the time?”
This remark almost caused me to laugh out loud. I have never been the type of person who craves constant activity, always moving from one task to the next. In fact, the prospect of this sort of living gives me a headache. I’m a fan of simple living. My favorite way to spend a free day would include cuddling up on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea or stimulating conversation with a friend or family member.
Somewhere down the line, this sort of simple living became regarded as laziness or lack of motivation. Those who do not see the pursuit of one’s career to be the end goal in life are seen as unsuccessful. To me, success does not ride on how far up the corporate ladder you can ascend. It does not depend upon how many people see you as their superior. It cannot be measured in dollars and cents. To me, success is living in such a way that you bless others with your joy. It is the point at which your dreams and desires meet the inadequacies of your world. I’m not quite there yet, but I’m working on it.
I think Bill Watterson says it best. What kind of success do you want?