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“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.”
This has always been one of my favorite quotes which apparently was erroneously attributed to Emerson. It was actually written by a woman named Bessie Stanley. Here’s the story.
This is very much how I define success. I live my life for love, laughter, joy and truth both in the giving and the receiving. I am immensely grateful to those people in my life who bring me copious amounts of all of these things.