Monday, October 13, 2008


Success is defined in many ways from different perspectives. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote one definition I enjoy contemplating. It follows.

"To laugh often and love much;
to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children;
to earn the approbation of honest critics and to 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 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."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Happy Birthday to my sweet sister in law, Annette.
She is one who succeeds! You'd think so too!
Love, Rachel


My Petite Maison said...

What a great photo, Rachel!
Happy birthday to Annette, she's got the same birthday as someone special to me. Love the poem ~ thank you.
Happy day!

salmagundi said...

That is one of my favorite quotes. Several years ago, I wrote that on a graduation quilt I made. Thanks for reminding me of it. Sally

Esther said...

Happy birthday, Annette! I hope it's been a great one!

I love the poem! Thanks for sharing it!

Have a wonderful day!

Love, Esther

sandersfamily said...

Precious picture!

Amy said...

What a great poem. It's a good reminder!