To Have Succeded

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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

The first time I saw this verse was the day I graduated from high school. It was on a graduation card from a special friend accompanied by a bottle of Chantilly perfume. It moved me so much and that night I kissed him for the first time! As the years have gone by, the verse has come to mean so much more to me. It’s become my philosophy of life! Amazing how many of the things mentioned in the verse have happened in my life.

I have been going through a crisis of confidence sitting in my room experiencing the increasing limitations of Multiple Sclerosis. I keep telling myself that I have MS, MS does not have me! I know that God has a unique and special plan for my life. I know He called me to teach. I know He called me to be the mother of my three wonderful kids. However, MS has robbed me of my teaching job and now my kids are left taking care of me! This blog is my place to share what the Lord is teaching me, the one place I can record what is happening so my children and the people I love in my life will have it in writing if I don’t have an opportunity to communicate these things.

I came across my favorite part of the verse yesterday, the part that moved me so much the first time I saw it 37 years ago, and posted it on Facebook. ‘To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.’ It moved many people then which is what it’s all about. I want to inspire, enlighten, encourage and uplift. Coming across Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words last night revived me. Thank You, Jesus for sending words and people to me just when I need them.

No matter what happens, this is what I want my life to be all about.

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

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About Debbie Hamilton Carson

Single Mom, Three Amazing Grown Kids, Disciple of Jesus Christ, Educator, Lifelong Learner. Because of MS, I'm mostly homebound, but, by God's Grace, my boundaries are wide open! My circumstances could have kept me somewhat isolated, yet, as a 'people person', the world wide web (ie. facebook, email, blog, CBC Online) has allowed me to develop & maintain relationships with many amazing people and I continue to grow & learn as a person & a child of God. As in the prayer of Jabez, God has expanded my boundaries! "Jabez called out to the God of Israel, “If only you would greatly bless me and expand my territory! May your hand be with me! Keep me from harm so I might not endure pain!” God answered his prayer." I Chronicles 4:10 NET Bible This blog is an avenue for me to share my life and the ways God has affected it by His Design.. Scripture says "Write this down for the next generation so people not yet born will praise GOD:" Psalm 102:18-22(The Message) ♥

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