Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thanks Ralph

Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson gave us a benchmark for success with this enduring poem:


To laugh often and love much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the approval of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty;

To find the best in others;

To give of one's self;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;

To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived...

This it to have succeeded.

Perhaps today we can take some “poetic license” and apply it to successful relationships and marriages…

When it comes to your spouse, this day, this week, have you….
Made a point to laugh often and love much?
Won the respect and affection of your spouse and children?
Welcomed honest criticism and figured out who in your life encourages or discourages your marriage?
Looked for beauty and the best in your spouse?
Given of yourself in meaningful ways?
Left the world a better place because of how you behaved in your marriage?
Played, laughed with enthusiasm and sang the praises of your spouse?
Do you know that your spouse’s life is better because you two are together.

This is to have succeeded at marriage.

Thanks Ralph.

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