Can Success Still Be Defined This Way????

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and 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 know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

--- Attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson (But, more likely Bessie Stanley. See: )

+Thanks, and Keep STRONG!!

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Comment by Vincent Wright on August 31, 2008 at 2:18am
Thanks for sharing your very rich experience(s) with us. What's so cool about the concept of "pay it forward" is when we find ourselves challenged by something in our lives and someone shows up to help and reminds us of "pay it forward"s we'd done in the past and forgot about. More clearly: recently, a few people have extended a helping hand to me and as I was thanking them they reminded me of something I'd helped them with a year, 2 years, 3 years ago. But, the funny thing? I didn't remember those things until they reminded me! Vicki, there's something so completely encouraging about life when we experience circular serendipity like that.

It's super late here so, I'll stop for now...but, I must say your 3 young men are blessed to have a mother like you! :-)

Keep STRONG, Vicki!
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