TO HAVE SUCCEEDED

TO HAVE SUCCEEDED

From Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work

To Have Succeeded

To laugh often and love much;

To win the respect of intelligent people

And the affection of children;

To earn the approbation of honest critics

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 little 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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