‘Am I going to be happy when I reach the top of the “heap” because that is all I can imagine? Or when I get to the top will I find that indeed it is just a “heap” after all.’ – Dorothy Valcárcel
(Quiz found in a book by Dorothy Valcárcel. Check it out! You wont regret it.)
“1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world
- Name the last five Heisman trophy winners
Name the last find winners of the Miss America pageant
Name the last five academy award winners for best actor and actress “
Got your answers?? Piece of cake? If it was, you definitely cheated.
If it was not, try these questions instead:
“1. List five teachers who made a difference in your life
- Name three friends who helped you through a difficult time
Name five people you like spending time with
Name five people who taught you something worthwhile
Name five people who have inspired you”
Would we prefer our legacy to be what we obtained in the name of ourselves or would we like to be remembered for all of the lives we took time to impact in a positive way?
“Am I headed in the right direction? And in the end, will I find a reward that satisfies me for more than a fleeting moment?” | Dorothy Valcárcel
Definition: the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
Origin: n. 1530s, “result, outcome,” from Latin successus “an advance, succession, happy outcome,” from succedere “come after”.
Ah, so in order to know whether or not one is successful, one must know their purpose (see definition of purpose below). If you’re having trouble figuring out your purpose scroll down to “PURPOSE,” and then scroll back up to this.
Is success determined by the amount of money we make, fame we have, and/or titles we’ve obtained? Is your God given purpose to obtain a lot of money, fame, and titles? Do we want to be remembered by those things and when we’re gone, will this result in a “happy outcome”?
Maybe success lies in the selfless, in the kind-hearted, the faithful, and in the ones that never give up on good. Maybe the “stars” are the ones that give when its inconvenient, love when it doesn’t make sense, and choose to go without so that others will not have to. Maybe the stars are the cheerleaders along the way that love (and continues to love) us to where we need to be.
“Do not care overly much for wealth, or power, or fame, or one day you will meet someone who cares for non of these things, and you will realize how poor you have become”| Rudyard Kipling
Definition: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
Origin: c. 1300, “intention, aim, goal,” from Anglo-French purpos, Old French porpos “aim, intention” (12c.), from porposer “to put forth,” from por- “forth” (from Latin pro-“forth;” see pur-) + Old French poser “to put, place” (see pose (v.1)). On purpose “by design” is attested from 1580s; earlier of purpose (early 15c.).
Having a hard time discovering what you were “designed to do”? Click for book recommendations to get your started AND check out this quote from basketball player, Jeremy Lin.
We were designed to glorify God (source1 source2 source3). We are given incredible, beautiful, and unique minds/talents to glorify God. This is why the closer we get to God, the closer we get to understanding our purpose. When we are far from God, things get a bit confusing. The closer we get to fulfilling what we were designed to do, the closer we get to obtaining true joy.
How does one get closer to God? Easy! Take a bit of “me” time.
Definition: an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment
Origin: mid-14c., from Middle French ambition or directly from Latin ambitionem (nominative ambitio) “a going around,” especially to solicit votes, hence “a striving for favor, courting, flattery; a desire for honor, thirst for popularity,” noun of action from past participle stem of ambire “to go around” (see ambient).
Sooo, if ambition really means working your butt off to be popular…do we really want it? Does it really matter?
MAYBE! It depends on who you’re trying to earn points with. Are you seek approval form people or from God?
If the answer is people, you’re ambition to ultimately receive fame or acceptance from others, you’re on the wrong path. Most people making these sort of demands on others hardly know themselves and no one truly wins.
If this answer if God. Why not? Why not seek to live out your “purpose” in order to give glory/power/honor to God?
My main ambition in life is to be on the devil’s most wanted list. Leonard Ravenhill
True ambition is not what we thought it was. True ambition is the profound desire to live usefully and walk humbly under the grace of God. Bill Wilson
Quiz given by /post inspired by the lovely and gifted, Dorothy Valcárcel. Thank you for sharing your gift. Purchase her book here.
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