"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."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
I first saw this Emerson quote taped to a door when visiting my brother at college many years ago. Since I started my career I've always kept it on or near my desk where I can see it often. I think it speaks volumes about the meaning of life, perspective, honor, responsibility. And it's an aspirational destination that can help keep us on the proper path during these troubling times.