Monday, August 6, 2001

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 big better; whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


I truly think this is a beautiful poem and definitely gives an accurate description of what I think success is, but I'd like to take it a step farther and say this could also be titled 'What is Happiness?' Perhaps finding happiness is a feat in itself, but if there one thing I've learned lately is that it can be's in all of us. We just have to OWN it. So I encourage everyone to just do! Take a deep breath of that humid air and appreciate the air we so freely breathe. Smile at a stranger on the street. Buy that bathing suit you've been dying to do, but have been too shy to actually follow through. We only live one guys! Make the most of it!

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