pondering my role in a bigger story

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

emerson on success

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

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Blogger Hot Cup Lutheran said...

dang that is one good quote! got to save it...

Friday, May 23, 2008 12:08:00 PM

Blogger zorra said...

That's one of the best definitions of success I've seen.

Friday, May 23, 2008 7:42:00 PM

Blogger soul and culture said...

Yeah, I love this definition. And I just stumbled across it...a much needed different and perspective than the frequent conversations about "what success looks like" that I have with my leadership team.

Friday, May 23, 2008 8:21:00 PM


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