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There is quite a big difference between being successful and actually shining! As much as success is relative and at many instances subjective, shining can rarely be disputable and is mainly driven and caused by some magical qualities, namely passion, persistence, consistency, enthusiasm, empathy, and kindness …

Shining, in my opinion, is way beyond being just successful. Shining is inspirational, contagious, and energizing. Neither position, nor money, nor phony respect and obedience gained through power can define real success. In fact, true success keeps the person’s feet stiff on the ground yet agile when following an opportunity or a dream, his head in the sky yet humbly bent to the achievements of others, his eyes on the horizon yet vividly watching over his surrounding, and his heart as big as the world…

For me, no one can be successful in isolation from his surroundings. I can only be successful through the success of everyone around me, no matter my or their size, power or influence. Success can only be real when it makes its beholder and those surrounding him shine inside out!

In one of his amazing lectures, Benjamin Zander said “I have a definition of success. For me, it’s very simple. It’s not about wealth and fame and power. It’s about how many shining eyes I have around me”. I couldn’t agree more! I can only feel my worth as a mother, a teacher, a friend or a manager when the eyes of the people around me shine! And there is no way I could do that if my own eyes do not truly shine!


“Smile it’s contagious”.  A beautiful expression that holds a perfect truth and a wonderfully positive message worth living and spreading, for it does wonders. Likewise, anger is contagious… And it also does wonders!!! As a matter of fact, anger could be a master of all evil since it “does not listen perfectly to reason.”

However, one cannot deny that human nature and anger have always been best friends, and it is extremely difficult for a lot of people to eliminate it from their lives (or even reduce it). Well, that’s understandable with regards to our world filled with negativity, aggression, and hatred, not to mention hard living conditions, psychological disorders, abuse, and many more. Fair enough… Let’s not worry then about eliminating it now (though we should), but rather try to be more practical. Why not minimizing its negative effects, which make the lives of many living hells. Why not working on deflating the arrogant importance of anger, which makes all what results from anger, from misunderstandings to fights and greater sins, seems ridiculously insignificant.

I think trivializing anger could be a great step toward controlling anger,hence eliminating it, which will eventually bring constant peace of heart and mind, the key ingredients to happiness.

How to trivialize it?? Well, it’s a long story that starts with “smile, it’s contagious! 😉



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