To have succeeded…

How do we measure success in our lives? I really like this description from Emerson:


To laugh often and much.

To win the respect of intelligent people

and the affection of children.

To learn the appreciation of honest criticism

and endure the betrayal of false friends.

To appreciate beauty and find the best in others.

To leave the world a bit better; whether by a healthy child,

or a redeemed social condition.

To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived…this is to have succeeded.

– (Ralph Waldo Emerson) no one really seems to know who wrote   this exactly