To have lived well,
laughed often and loved much;
to have gained the respect
of intelligent men
and the love of children;
to have filled a niche and accomplished a task;
to have left the world better -
whether by an improved poppy,
a perfect poem or a rescued soul;
to have appreciated earth’s beauty and not failed to express it;
to have looked for the best in others,
and to have given the best of yourself.
That is achievement.