I saw this quote on Chookooloonks, the blog, a few days ago and cannot quit thinking about it.

This quote says it all for me: what life is really all about and how I want to live my life and make my mark on the lives of those I love, those I meet, and on the world.

“To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children … 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 that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived: this is to have succeeded.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson