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Previous Challenge Entry
Topic: Satisfied (10/11/04)

TITLE: It Depends How You’re Looking At It!
By Annette Agnello
10/12/04

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What is success? It can be different things to different people at different times.

To the inventor it is what had only been part of their imagination becoming reality. When Alexander Graham Bell first got through to Watson that was success. When the Wright brother’s plane flew that was success.

In War it was conquest. Think of Napoleon, when France was at his feet he had success. Losing his empire was success too, but for the other side. So in war at any rate whoever is ahead at any time is having success. As he took Paris and looted the museums, even Hitler was having success. But not when Berlin fell. So in war success can be fleeting until the war is over.

For the student success is the grade. But it can also be the knowledge itself. Even the most trivial information can be of value years down the line. For instance when I took statistics I thought I would never use any of it, years later it was useful in real estate.

There was a saying in college, “She’s working on her M.R.S. Degree,” For those, success would be marriage. I watched some elaborate attempts to succeed. I watched young women and sometimes men give up their studies in favor of marriage. One young man had lived and breathed forestry, he loved it even after going to help fight a forest fire. He met and fell in love with a young woman who was pregnant by someone who died in a car crash. He married her for the child and gave up forestry soon after to take business courses to find a better job. There is little money in living trees. Was any part of his story success or was it all failure. He has a family, or at least did 20 years ago, but in the process he lost his trees.

For me success in completing things. I have a real problem with that. Completing articles, to organizing my closet, all the little milestones of life. Anything I finish is a success. I have been experiencing success by writing anything I had been away from writing for a long time. Everything posted is a success. Being published in Faithwriters Magazine is a major success. I am grateful to all of you in my recent successes. It’s doing wonder’s for my emotional state to have your positive input which is pushing me from success to success.


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Dori Knight10/18/04
A good essay, annette. You communicated your thoughts effectively. Keep writing! Blessings ~ Dori
Rita Garcia10/18/04
Annette, Great entry, enjoy your writing. Blessings, Rita
Dave Wagner10/18/04
Kinda scattered. Could have used more personal references (which were good) rather than simple, blanket statements (which were filler). Also, it seemed somewhat off-topic.

I appreciate the effort, and look forward to reading future submissions by you. Thanks for posting.
Lucian Thompson10/19/04
Very nice article. Easy to read, but I agree, off topic. I think you thought the topic was, “Success.” That was truly captured in this well written story.