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Ralph Waldo Emerson Was Right!

Success. What does that mean to you? Are you a successful? So many of my private counseling clients doubt that they are really successful--whether at parenting, keeping a marriage alive, at work, or at life in general. I find that these people doubting their worth are defining success in a narrow, perhaps even negative, way. Some people define their success by money or power or prestige or perfection. Not my way of defining success--nor that of Ralph Waldo Emerson who wrote a poem I often quote:




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To laugh often and love much;

To win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children;

To earn the approbation of honest critics 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.

I'm a success. I hope you're thinking you are too. If not, please reread this and reflect and be kind to yourself. Until next month!

Copyright 2007, Sharon Scott. No reproduction without written permission from author.

P.S. Please see my other column, The Counselor's Corner, about peer pressure and holding children accountable for their actions.


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Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT, has been making a difference in peoples' lives for 30 years though her international keynotes and workshops, her eight award-winning books, and her private counseling services. Five of her books are a charming series for elementary-age children that she 'co-authored' with her savvy Cocker Spaniel Nicholas. Each beautifully illustrated book teaches a valuable living skill such as managing emotions in Life's Not Always Fair, building character in Nicholas' Values, and making wise choices in Too Smart for Trouble. Sharon's best-seller for teens is How to Say No and Keep Your Friends, 2nd Ed. Her books are available from HRD Press, 800-822-2801.