Define Success

Dear J-

There are those people who are refreshed and recharged by their vacation times, ready to tackle all sorts of obstacles and challenges at work.  Then there’s me, hoping that the days off didn’t hurt my memory of the password I use to log in.  The days are now conspiring against me, too; it’s dark so early now that I’m having to use lights for the ride to and from the vanpool.  Time moves at a blur, speeding up, asking me to carve a pumpkin before Friday’s Halloween.

As I get older, I get more set in my ways.  Things must be just so.  Routines, paramount; this past week and a half has been a lesson in rolling with new things, agreeing and deciding on the fly.  More than idle fears about being locked out of the system, it’s losing that freedom and going back to a daily schedule — production, numbers, bring this down, bring that up, let’s see some paper fly — that bothers me the most.  I’ve had a taste.  It’s exhausting, but I think I can make it work.

I finished the Chronicles of Prydain series (Lloyd Alexander) a couple of weeks ago, and the book that won the Newbery, The High King, strikes me as one of those retroactive Oscar votes — Scorsese winning for The Departed instead of Goodfellas, for instance — as the preceding Taran Wanderer is by far the strongest of the lot.  Suffice it to say that losing your goal isn’t the end of the story; choosing to re-aim doesn’t mean that all is lost.  Success is a relative term, and you choose its definition, no one else does.

Mike

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2 Responses to “Define Success”

  1. Junior Says:

    Motivation has been a serious problem for me in this past week, since Spouse and I returned from our own week of vacation. It’s bad because there are most definitely things that need to get done, and I am having to bend my own back to place nose firmly upon grindstone. We worked our butts off during our vacaton, but it was more pleasant pursuing avocation than vocation.

  2. dearJ Says:

    It’s kind of like books: the ones you choose to read are always more fun than the assigned ones. Vacation — really, any time you get to dictate your own schedule — just seems to fly by, unfortunately.

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