Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The sum total


My sister was speaking with a coworker the other day about the measure of success. Together they wondered how you know when enough is enough.

When is it time to stop climbing and instead become more comfortable on your rung in the ladder? When can we stop striving for more and start living our lives?

It can be hard to discern when we've reached that elusive place we've been searching for our whole lives. Is it even a place? Or is it a feeling?

Is there a sudden knowledge when you've arrived? When the successes and accolades you've longed and worked for have finally arrived.

Questions like this make me think about Paulo Coelho's book, The Alchemist. How the Shepard goes off in search of a treasure. Only to find that after all his travels, his treasure was really in the place where he began. Somehow his hunt, his journey, his discoveries lead him back home.

Is that what we're looking for? The journey to our treasure? The journey that sometimes leads us back to ourselves?