Friday, September 4, 2009


This is something I have on my desk (along with papers and books piled three feet high). Although I don't believe it's an exhaustive list, I like what it says and want to share it with you.

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


  1. To smile with the absolute knowledge that God loves you and has placed guardian angel(s) all
    around you and He has made you His child if you
    truly are a Christian.

  2. I agree. Our biggest success isn't measured by what we have become but whose we have become. I would love to hear other's ideas of successful living added to this list.