We offer the following poem, “Success” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, as a reminder that our success is measured far beyond any quantifiable source. Indeed, teachers especially exemplify every line of the poem’s definition of success. Here’s to laughing often and much!
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of the 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 beauty 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 one life has breathed easier because you lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson