76/365 – Because you have lived (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 to 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 even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

75/365 – And When They Fly Away (Stephen King)

“I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged.
Their feathers are just too bright.
And when they fly away,
the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up DOES rejoice.
Still,
the place you live in is that much more drab and empty now that they’re gone.”
– Stephen King
(Different Seasons)