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Nature’s Arena

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 that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. 

This is to have succeeded. 

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Measuring Success

Growing up as the granddaughter of a well known small town  farmer, I often heard the phrase, “Oh, your Rayford’s youngest grandbaby, so nice to meet you”- The introductions often followed with a story about how Grandpa helped Mr. Davis down the street fix his tractor or paying someone’s meal at Finn & Feather’s(the only restaurant in town) or giving a days work in exchange for a crate of cabbage and ‘maters to a family who fell on hard times. He was a kind, gentle yet hard working man of deep Faith.

As my brother and I grew older, we would hear him often say, “The Lord helps me breathe easier- Your Grandma helps me breathe easier-The men who fight for our country, help me breathe easier- The food we grow out there( as he peers out the window) helps me breathe easier.”

This is how he chose to  live his life… helping one person at a time breathe easier.

It wasn’t until he passed away at the age of 94, did I truly come to fully understand his measure of success.

My grandmother handed me a cutout of his obituary from the newspaper -which until that day &  unknown to any of us -included his favorite poem. She asked me to read it at his memorial service. Since that day, these are the tracks I have aspired to leave and man have I fallen flat on my face a time or two on this journey.

I thank him still for helping me breathe easier and understanding that real measures of success come when we truly come to show and value the relationship before any transaction.

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Would love to hear  where  you  have met with success in 2016?

Wishing all of you, a Happy New Year!