Those who receive my FB feed know I have posted it twice there. I have shared it on private IMs with about 5 people since yesterday, and recommended to about a half dozen via texts. But I love this poem for its simplicity. I think I am going to print it and carry it around and look at it every time the world gets a little too much.

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)

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