To Succeed in Life

To succeed in life, you'll need three things...

"To succeed at life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone." - Reba McEntire

The only thing that is constant in life is change. Whether you’re moving, people are leaving, people are coming, job titles are transforming… change is inevitable. Life is all about an ebb and flow. Sometimes there’s an influx of good, other times there’s an influx of not so good. It’s easy to enjoy the good parts of life – a new house, the birth of a baby, a raise – not not always easy to find the good in the hard times of life. It would be silly to hope for a life completely devoid of bad times. After all, when we emerge from these bad times, we are smarter, more resilient, and more grateful. So how can one get through hard times as easily as possible? Just as Reba herself said... you’ll need a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.

This trio could mean a number of things, but to us, a wishbone is for hope, a backbone is for strength and a funny bone is for humor. In hard times, you’ll need all three. Depending on the situation, the order or the degree to which you need one might shift and change. Your priority for each might vary, and that’s okay, as long as you have all three in some form or the other. 

Hope, strength and humor are each powerful intentions to set in the morning whether you’re expecting an easy or difficult day. Optimism and hope is like a magnet that will pull good things to you. Being resolute and strong is essential to self-respect. And last but not least, never forget a sense of humor. When times are good, it’s important to enjoy – to laugh with friends and to have a smile on your face. And when the bad times inevitably roll around, a sense of humor is even more important. When you can find a sense of lightheartedness in a dark moment, you remind yourself of your innate ability to withstand in any situation. Knowing you have the tools to withstand and transform any difficult moment… what’s more important than that?