- 21st November 2011
- Posted by: Rosalind Howard
- Category: NL Week
Time to Read – not long at all
If you have had a fairly “normal” life, like me, then we are not alone.
The idea for this week came from Loretta Hope (Twitter @lorettahope) whom we met at a recent Princes Trust event in St. Helens.
She said that I frequently write about people who have come through very difficult childhoods, who have overcome adversity and show incredible persistence against all the odds on a daily basis.
And she is absolutely right – I have always said that the term “success” should be defined by each person in their own way, in their own lives – which could be getting out of bed when you really don’t want to, putting up with a one to one with your boss, or doing small things that make a difference to others, no matter how we may be feeling in ourselves:
As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote:
“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent 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.”
With my love to you all, as you enjoy the wonders of each and every day, and keep going…