Today's journal page is a tribute to my favorite quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson. It is, I believe, the meaning of life: to make or contribute to something in this world that will outlive you. Giving to young people (teaching) is how I'm trying to achieve that. The quote is as follows: (Aah, gives you that warm, tingly feeling, and almost makes me forget that this mantra is SO HARD when teaching high-schoolers).
"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intellingent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens 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."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson