One positive outcome from the current economic environment is how success will be defined from now on. A successful life does not necessarily have a big bank account or huge houses or fancy cars. It's not a stellar portfolio. They are all fleeting. They can take flight in the blink of an eye. This is Emerson's take on success from more than a few years age, and 'tis true, 'tis true today!
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 this world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, 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