What is success, really? Current opinions which happen to be in vogue? Society’s concept  of what constitutes success is fickle at best. Instead, consider  Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words of wisdom.

“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciatebeauty.

“To find the best in others; to give one’s self; 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 exaltation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Success comes from within, not from without.  Ralph Waldo Emerson




Trust the Whimsy Within (2)




6 thoughts on “Success?

  1. Loss and failure are also important parts on the path to success, because without them, we’ll never be able to find a way to improve ourselves and grow. It’s like going through sickness. Once the body survives the disease, the immune system becomes more resistant to that disease. Or like exercise, which is tiring at first, but then we become more and more used to it and we become able to do more challenging physical activities! ^_^


  2. “To know that even one life has breathed easier now that we have lived.” I love that.

    When the twins were born, we nicknamed them, “Whimsy and Jolly” 🙂


  3. Stopped here from NaBloPoMo. Funny I wrote about one of my greatest successes tonight..becoming a nurse practitioner. I think I tend to agree with Emerson. Great post and very thought provoking


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