To laugh often and love much:
to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children:
to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends:
to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition:
to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation:
to know one life has breathed easier because you have lived. . .
this is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Winter’s Morning in Cape Porpoise: Photo by Tom Bradbury