Sunday, January 25, 2009


The past couple of days, (while I was in a drug induced daze :)) I was thinking about this next year and what I want to happen. I have personal goals that I want to reach this next year, but I was thinking about how I can "try a little harder to be a little better" when I remembered this quote:
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 
even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.                                                                                     
                                                                                 -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 I think sometimes I am so focused on myself that I forget to "find the best in others" and to "win the respect of intelligent people" just to name a few. So one of my main goals this year is "to try a little harder to be a little better" by starting with the small things; such as watching what I say about people and to stop being so involved in my own problems that I  lose opportunities to serve those in need.  By doing these small things, I hope I can "leave the world a bit better." 


Alicia said...

Thanks, Jess! That is just what I needed to hear!

Rachel said...

Ditto!! I agree 100%. Thanks for sharing such an awesome quote. Love ya!!

Michelle said...

Jess, you are one of the truest persons I know. You are amazing and whether or not you see it others strive to be like you! Keep being awesome.