HA! You suckers thought I wasn't going to blog tonight, didn't you? Well, HA! I say. HAAA! Because here I am, all blogging and stuff at 9:30 at night. Okay, so when I was doing the School Visits of Awesome last week, I had one of those things happen where a kid asked a question SO GREAT that I totally blanked on answering it. And I told her I'd think about it, and blog the answer once I'd come up with something. So this is me, fulfilling that vow!
The question was: Is there a motto you live by?
Right away, you see that this is a freakin' cool question. And I DO have mottoes, lots of 'em! The problem is... well, most of them are from my dad, and he was, um, a SAILOR, so they're not exactly suitable for sharing with 7-12th graders. (They are however, Brilliant And Amazing, like, "Just sit back until you know who all the a-holes are," and "Don't mean sh*t to a tree." I seriously use at least one of those every week.)
As is always the way with these things, an answer occurred to me just a few hours later. There's a magnet I have on my fridge that I read every single day. As far as mottoes go, it's a long one. Still, I think it's the best "this is what I try to live by" statement I could find. Girl Who Asked Great, Yet Stumping Question, this one is for you!
“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.”
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson