Success: Ralph Waldo Emerson Was Right! by Sharon Scott, LPC LMFT
Ralph Waldo Emerson Was Right!
By Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT
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:
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 2017, Sharon Scott. No reproduction without written permission from author.
The guide for parents/educators on how to peer-proof children and teens is Peer Pressure Reversal: An Adult Guide to Developing a Responsible Child, 2nd Ed.
Her popular book for teens, How to Say No and Keep Your Friends, 2nd Ed., empowers kids to stand out,not just fit in!
A follow-up book for teens, When to Say Yes! And Make More Friends, shows adolescents how to select and meet quality friends and, in general, feel good for doing and being good.
Sharon also has a charming series of five books for elementary-age children each teaching an important living skill and "co-authored" with her savvy cocker spaniel Nicholas who makes the learning fun.Their book on managing elementary-age peer pressure is titled Too Smart for Trouble.
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