Saturday, September 08, 2012

Louise Emerson Brooks: This is to have succeeded


THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO RALPH WALDO EMERSON
To laugh often and much; 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.


A descendent of the author, Louise Emerson Brooks months ago selected this piece of his to be read at her memorial. It was part of the liturgy celebrating her life at All Saints Church -- and I wanted to share it here as I am overwhelmed with both sadness and gratitude. Sunday I will be back at church for a morning which will include the launch of Ed Bacon's new book "8 Habits of Love" -- a handbook for living a spiritual life from the house of love rather than the house of fear ... and a recipe for the kind of success Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote about and Louise Emerson Brooks lived. Finally, here's a link to the slide show of slide show that was part of the celebration of her life: photos represent the tip of the iceberg of a life well lived and cut too short.

11 comments:

Mark Harris said...

loved the slide show... loved the love you show her, love the love she showed all over. Thanks for the sharing, and know you are in many of our hearts and minds these days.

Ann said...

Thanks for the photos -- so much love.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

She will always be "Our Ms. Brooks". Know you - and she - are in our hearts and prayers.

dianedp said...

I thought about you, your family and friends all day yesterday.
My prayers are with you.

Caminante said...

Truly a beautiful tribute... we remembered you both today at Church of Our Saviour, Killington... may the love she gave, the love you received continue to flourish in your heart.

Susan Pederson said...

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful life. Thank you for sharing. Prayers continue for you!

Katie Sherrod said...

Loved the producer's credit. You made her smile with that.
Lovely tribute,lovely slide show.

Laurita said...

Dear Susan,
The big love between you and Louise is an inspiration and joy to behold. Thanks for the glimpse of her life and the sacred moments that made her life such a remarkable one. I am holding you in my thoughts and prayers through these days of grief. You have lots of support from me and so many others here in Berkeley.

Much love and deep peace,
Laura Peterson

LELANDA LEE said...

Thank you for sharing the photos of Louise, you, and all who loved her. You and Louise have been and continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Such a brave life lived out loud full of love, grace, and generosity. Louise touched so many, including many who never knew her except by name.

Allie said...

She looks a lovely person xx
May you know the strong arms of Christ holding you at this time x

Susan Long said...

What a beautiful tribute!