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.