Monday, October 31, 2005

Sucess is...

“Very difficult to define…but I think with time,I can say my measure of success is the appreciation you get and the recognition you get from the people around you for the things you are doing. For me that’s my measure of success” - Achieng’

Success can be determined by the society one lives in. Recognition in terms of awards, are some ways in which one is able to keep track of their progress or lack of. This is highly characteristic of fields where the competition is high.

“If I am trying to develop myself, I should not do it individually and actually that is [where] the idea of working with community came in. I did not want people just to see trees in my homestead. I wanted them to see trees in the locality and a visitor coming would want to ask…how come there are many species of trees…then of course somebody will start telling the story.” – Margaret

A majority of the women interviewed displayed altruism through the nature of their work. Success is not necessarily personal but can be a shared among several individuals.

“Success for me is [pause] engaging in activities, in things that stimulate you and leave you feeling satisfied because you have done things that you’re passionate about… People drive me and I am passionate about people’s success which is part of my success.” – Njeri

When asked to talk about their work, be it farming, architecture, etc., the women displayed an enjoyment in the fields they had chosen to pursue. Love of particular work makes it less like work and more like an activity that builds the person. Growth in this way can be described as success.

“[pause] If you had asked me that question last year, I would have a different answer. For me right now, success is…is that ability to bring something new and good to an other.” – Yvonne

Success evolves. Once certain goals are achieved, others are set in place and this creates a new search for success.

"…Loving my children, educating them and making sure that they all go to school. That is my life. I have raised my children. My joy comes from that.” - Justina

Success can also be achieved through one’s children. For some of the women, their dreams were realized when their children succeeded in something they themselves did not. Education is one of these areas.

How do you define success?


Anonymous said...

Hey Hey,

I really like the way you put up this entry...a quote followed by a reflective explanation...and these quotes capture and portray the truest essence of a woman...measuring her success based on the happiness she can give others...

Success really is all about how much you can do for others...a poem that I like about success is by Ralph Waldo Emerson (especially the last few lines)...

I'll be back (I know you're watching)...


wangeci said...

"I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the
faith" 2Timothy 4:7
You owe success to yourself, no one fails within their own goals.

whatever one undertakes to do, a personal "achievment" is always a fight, to
finish the course we must be ready to stumble and fall,when self doubts,
failure and pain is all that seems real. To keep the faith when all seems
lost except ones vision is courage beyond strength. Let your fight be the
only compass, may it be within your family, community, or all alone creating
what no one else appreciates or cares about, and when you finally lay to
rest you will have won even if no one wakes up to applaud.