A friend of mine had this quote posted on her facebook profile and I really liked it, so I thought I would post it here!
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 Emerson