Sunday, November 6

What Success Really Is

Mike's son and grandson

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn 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

We do seem to have many skewed ideas as to what success really is nowadays. For me it's to look at my son holding his son - just four hours after he was born - and to know that he is a good man, as will be his son. All of the material stuff then just fades into insignificance by comparison.

My grandson Samuel
My grandson Samuel recently

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  1. Your son's big smile says it all. You must be so proud of them both, Samuel looks gorgeous.

  2. Handsome men, both of them. And wow, Samuel's eyes!! An old soul, this one.

  3. Anonymous17:07

    Happiness for me is seeing my kids at the weekend. Sadness is leaving them on Sundays.

  4. Anonymous18:03

    you're f-ing lucky to see yours

  5. Not that I'm a Star Trek fan,but I just felt I had to say,
    "Live long and prosper".
    the world needs more good citizens.