successfully unsuccessful

I will be unsuccessful
by the standards of my society
and I couldn’t care less
there are more important things

there is too much to do, too much to be
too much love to have, to much peace to enjoy
to be bogged down by being successful

I don’t care about being flashy
nor do I long to be praised or paraded
I just want enough to eat, a place to sleep
I want to kiss my wife every day and every night
to come together and create life

I just want to hear the dharma
and share it with other doing beings

I don’t care for likes or follows
I won’t be trendy, fashionable, or cool
I won’t gain recognition, popularity, or riches

people won’t want to listen to me
because they want to be successful
but none of those things endure
none of those things
bring you real joy, real love, real peace
so why waste your time?

I will not let myself be distracted by success
I will not lose my light by chasing darkness
I will be successfully unsuccessful
would you care to join me?

© Rylan Skelly, January 2019


About the Author: I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo and I love all major world religions – Eastern, Western, or in between. I’m genderqueer, and I’m comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns. I’m married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse. I think far too much, and often have too many ideas to know what to do with. And I am a doing being, just like you!

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