When I stay far from my 20-month-old daughter, I tend to think a lot about her. One such evening, I was wondering that when my daughter grows up, I assume she would ask me one day:
“Dad, what’s the measure of success? Is it good grades, money, fame, health or something else?”
I thought for a while for an answer and came to the following conclusion:
My dear, you may measure success by two numbers:
- The #shoulders you can cry on when you need to, sometimes, in your life.
- The #people who find your shoulder to cry on when they need to, sometimes in their lives.”
Then I would probably continue to say, rest of the measures are pretty pointless, in the end, isn’t it?
God has given this world two ‘shoulders’ for every ‘head’. So the supply is abundant but it has a catch. No one can cry on her own shoulders. The inventory you carry is for others to use.
I would go on and say: my dear, I must add here that crying doesn’t make you weak, on the contrary, it takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable. So, be vulnerable, when you have to, and be empathetic and non-judging when someone else is vulnerable with you.
An abundance of empathy, love, and fellow-feeling is all that makes us successful and this world beautiful!