Saturday, October 8, 2016

day41: how to succeed ...

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people 
and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics 
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, 
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch 
or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier 
because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded. 
Bessie Stanley*

simply this ...
love, mom

(*Often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, it is an adaptation of a poem published in 1905 by Bessie Stanley. No version of it has been found in Emerson's writings. For more information see “Success.”)

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