Where the smallest acts of courage define success..

Dimitra MilanWith

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is a story about success. It is also a story about failure to achieve success. Mainly, it is about redefining success.

My father died of cancer.

He put up an incredible fight until the very end, and I watched him battle this terrible disease that ravaged him physically, mentally and emotionally, and as a man of faith, he said his last rites, preparing for the inevitable. My father died of cancer. I watched for eight months, day by day, as he melted into the pot of the tumor that left him rendered functionally disabled, where every small crumble that entered his mouth was astonishing and successful, for all of us. He died shortly after, and I knew that the moment his Spirit gave up hope of recovery was the moment that he was ready to enter the kingdom. My father died of cancer, and, I would consider him, even in his final moments, the most successful person that I have ever met. Now, I know this may not make any sense, so let me explain.

Therefore, it can be deduced that what modern day society considers being a successful parental or adult model can influence a whole generation of successful or unsuccessful young adults and adults. The striving towards success is prevalent even in primate behavior, mostly in reproductive success, but what all of this is saying is that success, how it is defined in our society and how it is modeled by humans, is a notorious factor in modern day evolution.

With all of this being said, it can be noted that what is considered successful has changed since the industrial age, and evolved even further with the advancement of industrialization. However, none of this matters. Not really anyways. Because my father died of terminal cancer. Because, as a result of watching him struggle day by day, I came to fully understand that what we consider success is completely irrelevant. What I learned and fully understood, deep within, is that success can be comprised of the smallest of

My father, and your father, mother, siblings, friends, relatives, all of humanity can indeed be successful if only we can further our understanding of success to include the heart, mind, Spirit, and body, and the smallest of acts of determination.


Top Writer in Poetry. I am a writer, photographer, psychic, medium, and spiritual guide.I have an M.A. in Environmental Sociology.

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