I’m going through my journals from my trip to Nepal.

As we were preparing to leave the Everest area, and fly out on a plane from Lukla, Celeste shared with me this quote on Emerson’s definition of success.  Certainly she lives it, and I consider it too, this day, a weekend sacred and celebrated with gathering, connection, and a pause to reflect.  

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s definition of Success:

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 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. 



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