Friday, September 16, 2011

How do you define success?

It is interesting how people define success. Here are two poems that give a slightly different view of defining success in one's life.

Poem 1:
“Success”
Inaccurately attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson*

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 or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

Poem 2:
Author Unknown

                         At age 4, success is...not peeing in your pants.
                            At age 12, success is...having friends.
                               At age 16, success is...having a driver's license.
                                 At age 20, success is...having sex.
                                  At age 35, success is...having money.
                                   At age 40, success is...finding meaning & purpose to life.
                                   At age 45, success is...finding meaning & purpose to life.
                                At age 50, success is...having money.
                             At age 60, success is...having sex.
                          At age 70, success is...having a driver's license.
                       At age 75, success is...having friends.
                    At age 80, success is...not peeing in your pants.


Isn't life a funny thing :)


*If you are interested in reading further about the origins of the Poem titled "Success" and the original author Bessie Anderson Stanley see: link

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