Happy New Year - 2018

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;
That is to have succeeded.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Lee Knott