It is great to be back with my parents for Easter. I didn’t realise just how long it had been since I had spent Easter at home until my Mother reminded me today that it had been nearly a decade! It was a very satisfying start to the day this morning with home cooked hot cross buns and home made bread, umm, what a treat. Then it was time for ‘the hour of power’ with Dr H. Schuller on the television before we left for the local church service. When we arrived home, after lunch we had a little poem recital in keeping with family tradition. My Mother read out this poem that I particularly liked by Emerson.
To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and 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