Friday, 3 January 2014

The Secrets of Success

A very Happy New Year to everyone following the Life Mechanics!

As you know, The Life Mechanics' motto is "Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much".  But we did not invent those wonderfully precise instructions, and our New Year gift to you all is the derivation of our motto, which encapsulates in precisely 100 words, THE SECRETS OF SUCCESS.

Elisabeth-Ann (“Bessie”) Anderson Stanley 1879-1952 was the author of the poem “Success”, often incorrectly attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson or Robert Louis Stevenson. Her poem was written in 1904, for a competition held in Brown Book Magazine by George Livingstone Richards Company of Boston, U. S. A.  Mrs. Stanley of Lincoln, Kansas, submitted the following words in answer to the question  "What is success?" (in 100 words or less).  She won the first prize of $250. Written in verse form it reads:

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;

Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;

Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;

Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it;

Who has left the World better than he found it, whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;

Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;

Who’s life was an inspiration; who’s memory a benediction.

 Bessie Anderson Stanley, 1904.  The First Life Mechanic