There are days and times where I miss things, wish for things, and get anxious for the next moment in life. I compare myself and concern myself with the possibility of not succeeding. I too often get caught up in the pace of life and really forget to reevaluate where I am, what I have, the blessings I have, and how beautiful and precious life is.
And when you own your own business and work as a designer you constantly are failing maybe not publicly but every project takes multiple failures before you can settle on a success whether that be what your client chooses or not is another story, but my point is that it is easy to lose perspective in all of this. That is why through out my life I come back to one of my favorite authors, Ralph Waldo Emerson who said:
“What is success? To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; that is to have succeeded.”
I cannot explain to you the times this has run through my head. This boils down everything that is important about life and I need that, I need that more than ever sometimes. It is written on a small piece of paper on my inspiration board by my computer and has always been with me to remind me when I feel those moments where I know I am losing perspective on what truly matters in life.
It also helps to have a little face like this look up at you and let you know how much she loves you and thinks you are the greatest person in the whole world…that really does always help.