What the heck IS success? I love Earl Nightingale’s definition –Success is the progression of a worthy ideal.
I love that. It’s like my mom used to tell me–Do whatever you want to do but whatever you do, be the BEST at it that you can be. Whether you are a dishwasher, ditch digger, …whatever…just do it well!
My earliest memories were that I always wanted to help people. Choosing a career in Nursing was not a huge leap of logic. I was fortunate to have a high school counselor who told me I simply HAD to get a BSN because by the time I graduated college (which would be 1971) (yes, I’m that old) having a degree in Nursing rather than any other option, would be essential. She was so right. The trend had begun.
By my sophomore year in college, I’d decided on a career in the Army Nurse Corps and to apply for the Army Student Nurse Program. (accepted!= SUCCESS!)
I was determined to not only graduate, but to pass my Texas State Board of Nursing exams with a score that would earn me licensure in ANY state in the union. Mission accomplished! = SUCCESS!
Now I was off to Basic Officer Training! Learn how to be an officer. Learn to wear a uniform (CORRECTLY) and look like we belong in it! SUCCESS! I won’t go into all of the things we had to learn and then excel in but…it was a goal, and…SUCCESS!
There I was, insignia gleaming, shoes polished, uniform starched, setting goals for myself along the way.
Staff nurse, head nurse, promotion to Captain! SUCCESS!
Selected for HEAD NURSE position. SUCCESS!
Selected for Head Nurse Intensive Care Unit . SUCCESS!
Worked in the VERY challenging Burn Unit at Fort Sam Houston Texas and cared for the most critically burned patients you could NEVER imagine, in the Burn, ICU. Render tender loving care, to these precious people with dignity and honor. SUCCESS!
Selected for Advanced Course. SUCCESS!
Promoted to MAJOR! SUCCESS!
Then, my goal to be admitted to the Army Baylor Program for a Masters degree in Health Care Administration. Only two Army Nurses Selected per year. It was iffy…but…SUCCESS! I was on my way to be a Nurse Methods Analyst which is like a management consultant for nurses. Rather than work for the Chief, Department of Nursing, we worked for the comptroller of the hospitals and got an inside view of a different part of health care.
I loved being a Nurse Methods Analyst. The positions are quite different than normal nursing positions, but our job is to help them do their jobs better, easier, more efficiently. How does it get better than this?
Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) SUCCESS!
Eventually I had my eyes on a staff job working on manpower. I’d be working for the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) and the office was in the Pentagon. Well, even better that that…While it was a Pentagon position, my DESK was in another building…with PARKING and only blocks from a new NORSTROM department store. SUCCESS! 🙂
I served the country I loved for 22 years (SUCCESS!) and retired when I decided that there were no more positions I really wanted to fill. I had a certain level of security with my Army retired pay (SUCCESS!) and now it was time to move on. what was next?
So, I thought…what would I love to do if I made NO MONEY doing it! I’d always loved the look of the fabulous decorative painted wall treatments I’d seen. Could that be it? Off I went to learn stenciling, decorative wall finishing, marbling, Tromp L’oeil etc. I studied with some of the very best artists and achieved a certain amount of notoriety in our community. SUCCESS! (PPN-Creative expression). I did our designer showhouse for many years and had quite a business going. I loved helping clients beautify their homes (PPN-Helping others, Recognition for creative work). I ran in to an old client the other day and she exclaimed…”MaryBeth! My kitchen looks as beautiful as the day you finished it!) (7years ago? SUCCESS!)
I absolutely LOVE the finish on this wall, it looks like a textured silk. I’d say it is my FAVORITE finish to do. ‘Brushed Suede”. Designs by Michelle Patterson, (Hudson River Fine Interiors) Photography by THE Randal Perry (all photos). I loved working with Michelle and Randall. They made my work shine.
Fifteen years of helping others beautify their homes was incredibly gratifying but it took a toll on my health. Even though I used products deemed safest, I could tell my days were numbered. “Doctor, my skin turns purple when I paint…I don’t think this is a good thing .” Umhum… (That’s an answer? )
So, now, I’m reinventing myself again. I’ve had to try a few things because this one’s not as clear cut. I may be a little fuzzy on my how, but it seems that my heart has been very clear (for a long time) that certain primary pivotal needs are locked in stone.
Helping others is definitely in there. Everything I have ever done that has energized me has been entwined in helping others. SUCCESS!
I had to be very security oriented after losing my dad in 1965. I was only 16. I’ve linked LIBERTY to that and having success as an Army Officer and retiring with a pension has given me some measure of SUCCESS!
My HEALTH is very important to me for without health, nothing else really matters. Can I help others achieve better health too?
We are at the half way point in our MKMMA adventure. I thought I’d have everything locked in stone by now. There are still a few loose ends. but, as we are reading this week…
“We often find that when we secure the things we thought we wanted, they do not have the effect we expected. That is, the satisfaction is only temporary, or possibly the reverse of what we expected…..
What we desire is really HAPPINESS AND HARMONY-. if we can be truly happy we shall have everything the world can give. If we are happy ourselves we can make others happy.
But (19.) we cannot be happy unless we have health, strength, congeniality, friends, pleasant environment sufficient supply, not only to take care of our necessities, but to provide for those comforts and luxuries to which we are entitled!.
Og guides us to PERSIST UNTIL WE SUCCEED.
I may still be a work in progress, for only God is perfect, but I have had some successes and I strive for more before I am done. How does it get any better than this? What else is possible?
I’ll always be working on things to help others. and, I have my sights on perfect health, (who says things are incurable?) Did someone make THEM God? and…I’m going to keep a few other things secret just for now. Why spoil the surprise!
Wishing everyone a very happy New Year. May 2014 be YOUR best year ever!
(one definition of my success now…being a good DOG MOM! Happy dogs, happy life, How does it get better than this? what else is possible? )