"Success is the progression of a worthy ideal." Earl Nightingale said that. He's a great motivational speaker from decades past.
Life has some successes and some wrecks.
For a few days, I have succeeding in writing for 10 minutes every day. That has become a part of the day I look forward to every day.
From old lists that I find in the paper stack, I see that we have completed many of the goals that were on the lists. Kris and I put our minds and efforts together to buy this house earlier this year.
To go farther back: I always wanted to be a wife and mother and keep a home. Check.
I dreamed as a teenager of owning a business someday. Check.
I also dreamed of being able to buy whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Now I know only God can do that. No check. That wasn't a worthy ideal.
Financial stability is a worthy ideal, though, and we are steadily progressing in that goal. Listening to Dave Ramsey all the time helps keep that mindset alive and going in the right direction.
Wrecks are a variety of subjects, but they mostly include the bright ideas I've had that have bombed. Also included are the missed opportunities. I knew so much when I was twenty. Yeah, right.
I won't stay bogged down on those wrecks, though. Every morning is filled with hope as each new day presents new opportunities and another chance to improve my report card, speaking in terms of having to answer to God one day for how I use my time on Earth.
Today is a new day. Today is full of hope. Today is another link in the progression of worthy ideals.