Saturday, August 23, 2014

To Laugh Often and Much

I was asked to say something about my uncle at today's funeral. I searched around for the right phrase or quote. Ralph Waldo Emerson seemed appropriate so this is what I read...

To Laugh Often and Much
By Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 that one life has breathed easier
because you lived here.
This is to have succeeded.

Through his family, kindness, and the garden patches he tended, Benjamin Wesley Boston left this physical manifestation as a success. Goodbye Uncle.

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