By Bernadette A. Moyer
Every once in a while I get hung up on a word where I can’t stop processing it and thinking about it and all its meanings. My new word is accomplished, a colleague recently referred to me as “accomplished” and for days now it has stuck with me.
How do we define “accomplished” does it change and grow as we do? I’ve always believed that to truly become accomplished you have to love what you do and have the discipline to practice and stay with it. Like a muscle that needs to be exercised our talents and our gifts need to be exercised if we are ever to be truly great and therefore, accomplished.
“Most of the important things in life have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Dale Carnegie
For many of us I think the word “accomplished” can be intimidating as if only a Ballerina is an “accomplished” dancer or a Grammy Award winning artist is considered to be an “accomplished” musician/singer.
I want to believe that if we are living true, true to ourselves and our hearts and in keeping with what God wants for us in this lifetime, then indeed we have accomplished much.
Christians believe; “God has a plan for your life and if God’s word is believed and obeyed God’s will can be fully accomplished in one’s life.”
Whether or not you “believe” in a higher power, a God source, I think most of us would agree that we know in our hearts and our souls when we are living true to ourselves and therefore are feeling and living an accomplished life.
Each one of us defines “accomplished” as it relates to us and our journey in this lifetime.
My own personal best definition of an “accomplished” life models this Henri Nouwen quote; “Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love?
These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bits of love that I sow now will be many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.”
How do you define “accomplished?”
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