Monday, August 30, 2010

Success

What is Success?

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.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

6 comments:

Panh Pete said...

Evocative of Kipling's colossal tour de force, "If..."

The Fool said...

The simplicity of it all, eh Nomad? Nice reminder for these apparently complicated times. And from the gleanings I've gathered over time - you wear this reflection well. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

Are the Northern Lights still kicking in your neighborhood? We clouded two nights ago...tonight looks promising. Maybe...

pandave said...

i find that coming here helps me succeed!

Carla said...

Pete, Hmm...

Fool, It baffles me how we can complicate seemingly simple matters. Such is life, I suppose.

We only got the one night's display of Northern Lights. Our displays tend to not be as vibrant as those farther north, but exciting nonetheless.

Carla said...

Pandave, You're most sweet. Thank you.

carlae said...

I LOVE this quote from Mr Emerson, oddly enough I was looking for in on a plaque today. However I only found it here and not the store I was at.
I haven't been here for a while, hope all is well and the outlook for 2011 is bountiful in all the right ways.
carlae