Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Setting The Record Straight On "Success"

 Elisabeth-Anne "Bessie" Anderson Stanley


He has achieved success
who has lived well,
laughed often, and loved much;
who has enjoyed the trust of
pure women,
the respect of intelligent men and
the love of little children;
who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
who has left the world better than he found it
whether by an improved poppy,
a perfect poem or a rescued soul;
who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty
or failed to express it;
who has always looked for the best in others and
given them the best he had;
whose life was an inspiration;
whose memory a benediction.

Often wrongly attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Robert Louis Stevenson, "Success" was written by a woman named Bessie Anderson Stanley and was the winning entry in a contest run by Brown Book Magazine in 1904.
Bessie won a cash prize of $250.00 which helped her pay off the mortgage on her house!
"Success" remains one of my all time favorite poems!

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