Bessie Anderson Stanley wrote a poem in 1904 entitled “Success.”
There are many variations of this poem circulating around, and credit has been given to several different authors as well. However, whichever way you slice it, the message is a good one!
It reads in its entirety:
He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;
Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it;
Who has left the world better than he found it,
Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;
Whose life was an inspiration;
Whose memory a benediction.
Below are some brief thoughts on the ideas reflected in the poem:
Live Well. Live with the intention of enjoying life, and living each day more purposefully. This includes addressing any weaknesses, flaws or unkind thoughts that prevents us from sharing and experiencing our joyful potential. As we do this, we become more of who we really are by fulfilling our purpose, while gaining the trust and respect needed to inspire others to do the same.
Laugh Often. Laughter is not only good for us, but is also good for those around us. It boosts the immune system while reducing tension, stress, anxiety, anger and a host of other unpleasant feelings. The natural healing benefits that come from mixing levity into our daily lives works magic in all areas, and is often more beneficial than any other concoction or elixir used to alleviate our discomfort.
Love Much. Expressing gratitude and appreciation for all that we have is a beautiful demonstration of love. By showing our loved ones we value them, and looking for the good in everything around us, we create, and contribute to the expansion of good to all we come in contact with. Loving our life and the people in it, heals us from the inside out, and leaves a loving imprint long after we are gone.
How does this poem resonate with you?
Review the questions below to help you live, laugh and love to the fullest.
- How can you live more purposefully?
- How can you contribute more and criticize less?
- What is going on that you can find humor in?
- Who can you show more love toward?
- What can you be gratitude for?