This quotation appears to have been falsely ascribed to Ralph Waldo Emerson (a writer whom I greatly admire), but who cares? It’s still a good quotation, and it rings true:
“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens 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 is to have succeeded.”
As short secular creeds go, it’s not a bad one to live by.
Posted from Deer Creek Park, Provo Canyon, Utah