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 to 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 child,
a healthy garden path or a redeemed social condition.
To know even one life has breathed easier because
you have lived is to have succeeded.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

wide and far i’ve read to find meaning of daily existence. this is no doubt one of my favorites for its simplicity and wonderful face value.