A Measure Of 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.


(attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson
though it may be by poet Bessie Stanley)
-MixMasterE

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