Success in the City
Movies! Movies! Movies! I am such a movie lover. Old, classic and pop culture films are my favorites. There we were, the four of us, sitting and waiting in eager anticipation for the big screen reveal of Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha, decked out in their fabulous baubles and stylish clothing while sporting some high-stepping Manolos, Choos and Louboutins. One by one, they strut to the lyrics of Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” Each character shows confidence, appearing empowered with a persona of success. My daughter claps. I glance down the row and shake my head with a slight chuckle.
Headed to see the movie, I already knew that I was going to have to watch it with an eye and ear because of course I wanted to curate some principles from this full feature “fashion show.” We were about to watch a movie about fictional characters from a high television series that was birthed out of a collection of columns written by its creator, Candace Bushnell, a former writer for the New York Observer. Even though the characters are loosely based on friends of the writer, each character, on varying levels, found her way to resonating with some part of who we are and what we aspire for. They had become our “BFFs” in our heads.
My perspective of Sex and the City 2 is that it was built upon a premise that the characters are in a continuous search of that one thing which will make their lives better, fuller and richer. Because of the title, one may think it to be sex or even relationships; however, that wasn’t my perception.
Carrie talks about the search of labels and love. They were on a continuous search of what defined them as being successes. A good portion of their conversations can enlighten you on what they thought was success. After all, once they have attained those “successful” things, their lives will be better, fuller and richer. Right?
There were some common denominators in the personality types of the characters that made their quests relatable. We can identify with our “screen sisters” in that we, too, are in search of the one thing that will make our lives better, fuller and richer.
We often subscribe to the mainstream perception of what makes one successful—boatloads of money, fancy cars, big homes, powerful careers and whatever else is considered to be on the list of icons of success. But the answer is that if you establish an intimate relationship and connection with God, He provides you access to success—not just in some areas but in every area of your life.
Let’s take a moment to build a foundational principle of success. People typically view success as the perfect storm of three things: money, power and status. The more money you have, the better chance of power positioning, and the more money and power, the greater your status. That is a mainstream perception of success.
However, success is an individual journey and is spelled out in Proverbs 16:3, which says, “Commit to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” God is interested in your success. Not only is He interested in it, but He declares it over your life. Deuteronomy 28:3 says, “You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.” So, while the title of the movie leads you believe one thing, the truth of the matter is that these quest-driven women were in the city and searching for success.
What I love about the life you can live is that success is already yours. You have to define it and then take consistent action. Success is not an overnight thing, but with the right direction, it is inevitable.