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How Do We Measure Success?

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Madame Chipmunk
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***How Do We Measure Success?***



    

How do we measure success
in diamonds and furs and cash
or custom tailored expensive dress?

who is most likely to succeed
the high school nerd with coke bottle glasses
or the athlete performing with grace and speed?

the business tycoon with his big cigar
or the talented artist who loves to paint
enjoying his job, but less moneyed...by far?

    


if success is to have a measure
would it be in dollars you earn
or the joy you take in living life's pleasures?

money will take you only so far
a big fancy house in the burbs
with heated garage for all of your cars

true diamonds lie in your soul
jewels of thought and wisdom
and closeness of family as you grow old

if you do what you love and love what you do
the keys of success
will be handed to you

  
***





Lyra

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"poetry is life distilled"  Gwendolyn Brooks


[This message has been edited by Madame Chipmunk (07-26-2002 02:58 PM).]

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1 posted 07-26-2002 03:16 PM       View Profile for N orth Carolina Girl   Email N orth Carolina Girl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for N orth Carolina Girl

Lyra,

  All I have to do is look at my family and friends like you.I would rather be rich in my heart than in my pocketbook.WONDERFUL POEM! TAKE CARE!


Love,

Juanita

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Duncan
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2 posted 07-26-2002 03:33 PM       View Profile for Duncan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Duncan

I'm thinking having both is certainly a possibility.  Very timely write for me, Lyra.  Love your insight, as always!

Sig strike in process...grab a sign and let's walk around in circles.

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3 posted 07-26-2002 03:34 PM       View Profile for Lady In White   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lady In White


A lot of my success comes in the pleasure
I have in reading and writing and being
among my Passionate friends...
NewEnglandlazurlu
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Lyra, this is wonderful and I especially love the picture cartoons. A concept my husband and I have tried very hard to teach our children.

And it seems to be one that many of our country's corporate heads didn't learn. Pity!!!

Hugs, Marti

"Even if life is full of thorns, I still embrace it for I know that in between those thorns, there is a rose worth all the pain."

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What a wonderful write Lyra!
And...I would say you know you are successful
when you get your own icon!!
YIPPEE!!  I love it!
~Hugs, Nancy~
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To me...success is not measured by what you
have but what is in your heart...And your
heart carries a treasure we all have been
very fortunate to have shared a part of..

Thank You Lyra....
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Lyra, this is a wonderful poem. Doing what you love to do and loving what you do is indeed the greatest success.
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(smiles) Oh Lyra, this is wonderful, sweet friend, I am so proud of you and your new cute icon, you should be so proud of yourself, YAY!!! (kiss on cheek) When I grow up I want to spend a lifetyime living what makes me happy, even if I end up living in a house that doesn't look that pretty! I want to spend my life making myself happy and not becoming avarice! (big huggssssss) nThis is delightful, sweet friend, you go Lyra, we all love you so much! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Lyra, thank you for sharing!



May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton

"Underneath your clothes there's an endless story..."

Shakira

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a measure of happiness
is the depth and wealth
of a smile
and a helping hand

Well put
well said
felt and writ.  So shall it be written
so shall it be so.

(goobin', as usual, on a Friday night.  Hi ya ol' munkster!  I've missed ya
  and your wit, wisdom and wryness.)
~poverty hugs~
jeff
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It can't be said any better than you just did.  It is something we all have heard and probably know.....but how many of us refuse to listen to it until it is too late.  Wonderful thoughts from an obvious beautiful heart.  
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What a very successful poem you've written!

Nan(Pilgrim variety)

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True wisdom in this poem!!!  Wise words Lyra!!!  Enjoyed the presentation as well!!!



Neeraja
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How true this is...and I love your new images...both in the upper left corner, and the smaller one also in the upper left corner...great way to start my day, seeing you pop up like that!
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I love your final stanza, Lady Chipmunk... HappiNess does truly come from within...

Well said, m'friend..
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Lyra,
Agree with mark and yourself on this one.
if you do what you love and love what you do
the keys of success
will be handed to you
Martie
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Lyra

For a chipmunk you sure are wise.  Loved this!
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Lyra

I loved this one.In my life I measure my success by how many tons of trash I haul.lol

[This message has been edited by sodpossom (07-27-2002 06:16 PM).]

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Lyra - a wonderful poem with much wisdom and wonderful thoughts - just loved it!!! I love your icon!!!  Paul
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Loved this write.....
~~ Connie ~~
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Madame - I agree, for a chipmunk you are most wise. I would measure success by the peace within...

BC
Madame Chipmunk
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Juanita,  thanks so much for replying...
If there were ever to be a perfect example of this poem, its you and your family.

I think that most people who met ya'll would certainly be envious.  Ya'll are the richest people I've ever known b'cause there is so much love in your hearts and its so obvious to everyone who meets your family.
~ chipmunk hugs

Lyra

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"poetry is life distilled"  Gwendolyn Brooks

Madame Chipmunk
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Duncan...thanks so much for your reply.
I think it might be possible to have both, but probably not too easy because monetary wealth often (but not always) involves some degree of greed.
~ selfish chipmunk hugs

Lyra

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"poetry is life distilled"  Gwendolyn Brooks

Madame Chipmunk
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Thanks Lady in White...
I happen to agree with you 100% which is actually what the inspiration for this poem was.
~ poetic hugs

Lyra

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"poetry is life distilled"  Gwendolyn Brooks

Madame Chipmunk
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Marti...thanks so much, and we have also tried to teach that to our children.  Victor has finally learned the lesson.....the hard way.  
He has decided to give up law, and become a physics professor.  He is all set up to get his M.A. from Michigan State, starting in December....they even have a teaching fellowship reserved for him.  He then plans to get a Ph.D. in physics.
He makes a LOT of money as a real estate lawyer in NYC, but is feeling burned out and he also hates NYC.  When I was first diagnosed, I asked him if he wanted to come back home and practice law here, and he thought about it and decided that he would like to come back home...but he wasn't sure about pracicing law anymore.  He is planning to keep his license active though...just in case he changes his mind.  But he has always wanted to make lots of money and has finally learned that there are more important things in life...  Fortunately, he's young enough to start fresh.
~ chipmunk hugs

Lyra

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"poetry is life distilled"  Gwendolyn Brooks

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