September 17, 2006

True 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."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Peg said...

I love this moves me so very much. I actually read it to the congregation at my mother's Memorial Service.

I love the photo you chose, too!

Irene Tuazon said...

Dear Peg,

I believe you chose a most apt passage for your mother as Emerson's touching words pay tribute to a life truly well lived. I imagine your Mom must have been smiling down at you as you uttered those meaningful lines.