On successful living

 

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.

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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? 

 
 
 

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