The Definition of a Successful Life.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jun 5, 2011
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Quote of the Day.

Photo: Paul Newman, Hole in the Wall Gang.

Today’s quote (by Ralph Waldo Emerson, or not by Emerson) is well-known, and well-loved…but yet again it bears repeating, and holds new joys in its contemplation.

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.

~ Attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but probably not by him.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


5 Responses to “The Definition of a Successful Life.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

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  3. claudia says:

    Loved it! Thanks for sharing it…actually it's so true and uplifting that everyone should have it posted on their fridge door!

  4. […] One school of thought says, “If you get to the end without regrets, you haven’t really lived.” The other says, “Regret nothing…it’s all part of the path.” I think I’m somewhere in between, still trying to figure it out. But when I have a day where I lay in bed at night wishing I had done things differently, said something else, said a little less…I remember Emerson: […]

  5. emm says:

    If you're interested in where the quote originated, here's an interesting article.