morning affirmation

what is 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 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;
this is to have succeeded.
-ralph waldo emmerson

between this classic quote {from this yummy article i read this morn} & the pep talk that myron gave me last night-you know-the one where he encourages me & tells me i'm doing a good job & i'm not defined by how clean my house is, "i'm defined by how i live my life & treat my babies"....between those two things....i am reminded of my goals & the perspective that helps me get closer to reaching them.

i can face this day with a [renewed] sense of determination
& happy smile on my face.

it's good to be alive. :)

{especially} good, 'cause we have plans for a date night tonight. :)
*those are few & far between @ this house and i'm SOsoSO excited.


Megan said...

Seriously, you inspire me! We also have a date night tonight! YAY!

Mark Dixon said...

As Megan said ... You inspire me! Thanks for sharing.

The Wizzle said...

That's a great quote, and date night is a GREAT thing!

J*a~{s}n°a said...

"i'm not defined by how clean my house is, "i'm defined by how i live my life & treat my babies"...how cool! I am afraid I more then often treat my babies badly just 'cause i am so obsessed with cleanliness of my home

Cadi said...

Great quote. Great mantra. Heads up I gave a shout out to you in my blog. I finished those chore charts and never posted. Thanks again for the simplistic/effective idea!

Brittany Marie Trevino said...

hope you and Myron are having a great date night! love!
and that quote is AWesome! another one to add to my list :)

Bev said...

You are amazing and I love you!! You always keep us on our toes and that is very much needed!! Thanks for the kick in the...........