2013 is almost over, and I’m sure we’ve endured the “Necessary Rains” throughout the year just to see a glimpse of the rainbow ahead. This month on The Classics, let’s recite a timeless credo penned by the father of transcendentalism and the genius behind “Self-Reliance“, Ralph Waldo Emerson, on what it means to lead a successful life. May it become useful as you make your transition to the new year. Enjoy.
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.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson once wrote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Think of all the things you thought you need to deem yourself successful: Are they what you really want, or are they just things people say you should have to be considered a successful person?