"Our life is frittered away by detail...simplify, simplify." - Henry David Thoreau

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

“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 have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - that is to have succeeded.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life seems to be a challenge lately and continuing to believe that what I do everyday is important is harder and harder. Boys constantly bickering and fighting, my continual nagging to make the bed, set the table, do homework, feed the dog ... it goes on and on and there never seems to be anything positive in return. In the end I want them to grow up to be three good men like their father, but not necessarily great. The world is full of too many men whom society judges great but who cheat on their wives, abandon their children and leave a trail of friends behind all for power, money or fame.

So I will continue to lie with my children before they go to sleep, listen to their fears and dreams and put up with their noise and fights, tend my family and my friends and hope that I will in some way have succeeded - at least by Emerson's very fine definition.


  1. you have to know this made me cry. but I cry a lot. I need to work on that.

    it is hard, isn't it? to try to see the mundane everyday things we do as moms as being successful. making a difference, helping another to breathe easier.

    and I just put on a pot of coffee. You are welcome anytime :-)

    (and this is not NICK...that is my husband...I am Laura from www.mylieisapieceofcake.blogspot.com)

  2. I love Emerson- the man was right about so many things.

  3. You've already succeeded, really. You have made a difference. You are making a difference. The will be good men. Likely great men.
    Thanks for posting this, Cid. I really needed to read this.


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