The Definition Of Success

by jloh

When days are dark, and hopes faltering – read. Be reminded, be refreshed. Give thanks for the great souls that walked this Earth before us, leaving trails of glimmering hope in words penned, on a day such as this, rolling back from the depths of time – coming to you today, to lift you up.


To laugh often & 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