... A super intelligent colleague once told me: "you're not the cause and you're not the cure" in relation to counseling high schoolers. This saying stayed with me and resonated much further beyond that chance conversation. These words went on to remind me of the even simpler concept: "stay humble!"
Lately, I've been on a mean streak of success. After a scary year at the helm of my agency, in charge of raising hundreds of thousands of dollars, there's finally a light at the end of the fiscal-year tunnel. I am finally able to see the finish line after having reached essential monetary and program goals. Even still, I am in a zone of zero celebration or relaxation. The hustle doesn't stop and though the glory of winning is great, it is never permanent.
This perspective has really liberated me. I have become unattached to "winning" as much as I am unattached to "losing." I fully embrace that life is a roller coaster of highs and lows and show gratitude for it all.
Before this awareness I wanted to ignore the ugliness of trials and brag about the beauty of winning. Today, I am neither the cause or the cure for success or lack thereof, I am simply thriving and excepting that I don't control all outcomes as high as a I soar I will also fall and fail time and time again. I simply work hard everyday hoping positives will outweigh the inevitable negatives of life.