How Do You Measure Success?

(Music:  "You Raise Me Up" by Mary Beth Carlson)



How do you measure success?

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,

a redeemed social condition, or a job well done;

To know even one other life has breathed easier

because you have lived ---

This is to have succeeded.


Ralph Waldo Emerson