My Great-Aunt (who is now 97!), gave me this handmade card when I graduated high school. Though she hadn't made it herself, even then I thought the stamped Emerson quote was just beautiful.
Just about 10 years later I still had the card, and this summer I finally framed it with her signature safe on the back. It sits on my desk now, reminding me that success comes in many forms.
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,
a garden patch or redeemed social
condition; to know even one life
has breathed easier because you
have lived. This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson