06 November, 2011

What Success Really Is

Mike's son and grandson
WHAT IS SUCCESS?

"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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5 comments:

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

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

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

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  4. you're f-ing lucky to see yours

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  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.

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