*whew* I found it. For me, losing a poem (and my whole school website! ack! why couldn't they have cleaned out my classroom like that--I had to do that during the summer, me!, alone, save the angelic former students who came to help me--they got something out of it; I taught them how to fold the tops of boxes so they stay shut, and now they can move away to college...) gave me the same feeling people get when they can't find their keys. A terrible way to start the day. But, thanks to the world wide web, I was able to find it without even getting out of this chair and then correct the misspelling of Emerson's name and make it ready to post on my blog as well as the 10000 or so other places it lives online. He should have included that: "To be quoted repeatedly online." But of course there weren't even computers back then.
Success attributed to 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 even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.