How do you measure success?

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My college roommate recently posted pics on Facebook of her girl’s trip to the beach.  She had pics of the gorgeous beach, times at dinner, and just hanging out.  She is one of a kind and anyone would be lucky to cross her path.  I miss her and all those precious times we spent together.  My life would have been missing a special piece had I not met her during Humanities 201 class.

It got me thinking…where would we be without our girlfriends?

We need our girlfriends when…

  • we go through things with our man
  • we go through things with family
  • we need some retail therapy
  • we need to laugh
  • we need to cry
  • we need clarification or an ear to listen
  • we need to just get away from it all

My friend Lisa shared this from her calendar.

Some people measure success by their bank account, the house they live in, the car they drive, or the clothes they wear.   All that is just temporary.  True success (in my opinion) is the circle you surround yourself with, the conversations and experiences you share with friends – sitting around a dinner table, taking a road trip, going hiking, or hanging out with no agenda.

I think the key to success is this…

Housewarming Party 2007

32nd birthday – Chicago

Impromptu lunch with another college roommate

Celebrating a friend’s 40th birthday

2011 KY Derby – trip of a lifetime

This is just a small fraction.  I have 3 photo albums and 3 scrap books that continually remind me of my blessings and let me take a trip back down that sentimental memory lane.

I am curious.  How do you measure success?  Do we share similar values?

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