Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), philosopher, poet and public speaker, wrote this a long time ago, but his thoughts are still timely for today, especially when we think about making New Year’s resolutions:
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 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 that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived…
This is to have succeeded.
Wishing you every success in 2009!