Today I made an extra special effort to get up earlier than I normally would in order to write. In the 40 previous blogs posts I have created in 2019 (sequentially numbered “1 of 365” to “40 of 365“) I have followed a set formula. My formulaic approach is to simply write about whatever comes to me of interest and time-box the writing in order to get on with the rest of my day. I see no reason for this approach to change even after a break of over 4 months from writing.
During that break, in the UK, there has been a terrorist attack on London Bridge and a general election, the Premier League has started (Liverpool F.C. have a healthy lead) and I’ve been back at work in my day-job working on data strategy tooling for a financial institution.
So what can I tell the world ? What is my message to my audience today?
I’d like to share this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: What is success?
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 the 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!
This was shared with me and my colleagues by a senior manager at work at the start of the week upon reflecting on the successes of the year. I hope you have enjoyed reading it.
Thanks for reading