Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A quote to live by

Several years ago I lost a very dear friend. He was the husband to one of my most special friends and a very extraordinary man. At the funeral there was a line out the door for three hours straight, filled with people who admired and loved him. At the church one of his favorite quotes was read. Ever since then, I’ve had a copy of that quote in my wallet. I occasionally read it and wonder if I am living up to that standard. In difficult situations I sometimes wonder to myself “How would Ed handle this?”

When I revised my photo gallery wall, I made sure to add a framed copy of this quote….

“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 (1803 - 1882)

Do you have a quote that mean something special to you???