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Happy 2015 and a thought on success.

Posted in Things We Love

10710569_946099022074185_6324330448818927680_nToday is the day we all think about the year to come. And perhaps look back on the year just past, and measure just how much we achieved. Usually against goals we had set before life happened and we made the universe laugh at our plans.  We saw this piece on what success means and thought it was the perfect way to welcome in 2015.

For our lovely readers who make our lives richer every day – the wisdom of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

To laugh often and love much;
to win the respect of intelligent persons
and the affection of children;
to earn the approbation of honest critics
and to endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to give of oneself;
to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch or redeemed social condition;
to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived–
this is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)

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  1. Have always found tremendous inspiration in that sentiment (whether or not they are Emerson’s words, they ring true) and you totally nailed it for the occasion. The accompanying photo made me smile inside and out–such the joy on that child’s face. 🙂 Here’s to a fantastic 2015!

    January 4, 2015
  2. Funny — I just blogged something along those lines. Had I read your post first, I would have been intimidated to write after reading Emerson’s quote. Like minds, I guess. 🙂

    January 2, 2015
  3. silvia

    Happy new year C&S and thank you for making my life richer every day

    January 1, 2015
  4. what lovely words. I think I might have succeeded

    January 1, 2015
  5. Guido

    Nice quotation, thank you and happy new year!
    Solo per pignoleria:
    Apparently these words are part of a poem that was written by Bessie Anderson Stanley…….
    Elisabeth-Anne “Bessie” Anderson Stanley (born before 1900) is the author of the poem Success (What is success? or What Constitutes Success?), which is often incorrectly misattributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson or Robert Louis Stevenson.
    Her poem was written in 1904 for a contest held in Brown Book Magazine, by George Livingston Richards Co. of Boston, Massachusetts

    January 1, 2015

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