August 28, 2004

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.

     (Thanks to a couple of people I met this week in training for a new job.) The quote is from either Bessie Stanley or Ralph Waldo Emerson (see an Emerson site)