“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 redeemed social condition;

to know even one life has breathed easier

because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~



I have been so deeply moved the past few days by reading other blogs and posts that some might find sad or melancholy…to me I found myself. I found a connection to others in that deep dark place that only people who have had or are going through tragedy can truly relate to. No one can know…each is a unique story.

Perhaps it isn’t just that they’re are going through or have gone through tragedy but are in touch with it nonetheless. The truth of it is…it is success to me. If you can write words and arrange them in such a manner as to evoke a feeling, good, bad, sad, or otherwise then you have made a connection with someone…with any one who reads your words.

We each are unique and have our own story to tell. And we each have our own way to tell it…poems, photographs, quotes, funny stories or whimsical ones that make you smile or laugh…or be sad and cry…or really think about how a particular piece means to you…it becomes part of you now.

They each serve their purpose…our blog is our home. Our own little piece of this internet cosmos and it moves in ever widening, ever increasing, circles of friends and connections to others…some we are blessed to interact with, some we never hear about but could have made all the difference in the world for without ever knowing. It is important…vital, to write or show through photographs what we see, feel, and think…regardless of the emotional response.

We are all healing, rediscovering, sharing, connecting…

                     and because each voice is unique and touches others then we are by the definition above…Successful.

Christina ~

36 thoughts on “Success…

  1. i found reading the hardship others went through to be rewarding as well. it summoned the resolve in me to move forward in life!


    • Seems we feel the same about this! I just love it when you read something and it really resonates with you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this 🙂 ~


    • I’m so glad Peter!! It really means so very much to me that this made you smile 🙂 Thank you for sharing your smiles :D! Hugs and Blessings friend! ~


  2. Very truly expressed that blogging is just a bit more than expressing and expressing it well…it is about rediscovering, reassessing and rejuvenating !


    • Thank you Prashant! I did leave that word out…rejuvenating! I just love the connections that are created here…and I cherish them as gifts that I’ve ever had the privilege of getting before. Hugs, Blessings and wishes for a beauitful day 🙂


  3. Such an insightful and wonderful post Christina! You have captured the spirit and sentiments of so many with your heartfelt words. The connections here are overwhelmingly real and meaningful. I often wonder if it’s due to the self-selection of the type of person who is open to blogging in the first place – warm and sensitive souls for the most part — together a community of such which support and nurture one another in creativity, and also through difficult life journeys. I thank you for summing this up so eloquently – and every much do agree with Emerson’s quote ~ especially the final line xo Robyn


    • Robyn, thank you sweet friend for your most cherished insight and thoughts on this! It seems we feel the same…it is an incredible (took me by surprise) environment for sharing and connecting, with…as you said, warm and sensitive souls. The support here is just out of this world awesome!! I feel so blessed for each new friend I meet and connect with. I feel very very blessed to have met such a sweet, honest, caring, empathetic, insightful, intuitive friend like you!:) Love, Hugs, and Blessings <3!!


      • xxoo ditto Christina — and so happy for us both having discovered this forum for connections like this ~ One day when all is well we should have a wordpress gathering somewhere – 🙂 Much Love


        • Agreed…so happy for us both! 🙂 Oh – a wordpress gathering…that would be so amazing!!! I will look forward to that…one day! 🙂 Huge hugs ❤ !!


  4. Brilliant post Christina
    Your last three paragraphs and the words “We are all healing, rediscovering, sharing, connecting” are so accurate for me.
    Thanks for this post and thanks for being a success, your words have truly touched me 🙂
    Love n hugs and many blessings to you xxx


    • I am so very appreciative that this touched you in some way…a good way!! My day is now complete! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me and for your ever so sweet praise.
      Love, Hugs, and Blessings back-atcha!! I hope you have a wonderful evening and day tomorrow 🙂 xxxx


  5. Thank you Penny for putting us onto this inspirational piece of writing, And thank you Cristina for creating, and being a creative channel for these lovely words of validation. They are especially precious to people like us who work in solitude.


    • Valerie, Thank you so much for your not only sharing your thoughts but encouragement and praise too! It really means so much that this was precious to you…honestly and truly!!!

      I’m am sincerely in awe that every single person I’ve had the honor of ‘meeting’ here has been so amazing and encouraging and just plain awesome! Blessings to you and Best Wishes for a most wonerful day!! 🙂 ~


    • Thank you so much Somesh 🙂 I’m glad you found me! I really appreciate you taking the time to write such a sweet comment. Blessings to you and wishes for a wonderful day! ~


  6. I like Waldo’s quote, Reminds me of A Wonderful Life

    Your post is better though. And so true.

    Although I do have two blogs. One in which I let out my true feelings, and the other where I like people to see. You are, in all ways, a success with your blog. Well done


  7. Success has many forms but in reality i think that if just one person reads something that I have written and enjoys it then everything else is a bonus. Writing is such a marvellous gift and if someone happens to enjoy the written pieces that are offered, whether it be poetry or a story, fiction or fact then success has already been achieved.

    Have a lovely Thursday Christina and know that you do make a big difference in our blogosphere, i know that I haven’t known you for very long but I can see greatness in your work and this is just the beginning. Always enjoy your writing my sweet friend 🙂

    Andro xx


    • Andro….I am in complete agreement about what success is! You’ve given me such an amazing comment/gift sweet friend! I am humbled and honored to be seen as one who could make a difference in this space we share in the blogosphere….that you enjoy my writing is the bestest compliment ever…I am so happy to have “met” you here and look forward to sharing the journey with you! xx ~


      • I am sure that we will soar, indeed each day we as blogging friends share is something rather spectacular as there is a wealth of talent just waiting to be explored. I know that your hidden treasures are yet to be revealed, and I am looking forward to reading in your Space for many years to come 🙂

        Have a most exciting Friday with lashings of sweetly delights, laughter and a little wickedness perhaps? 😉

        Andro xxx


        • What an amazing thing to say….thank you so much Andro…you’re awesome! Truly! 😀 I’m not so sure about the exciting Friday in which you describe so well haha 😉 But I will make it a good one and hope you have a great weekend with lots of fun as well!! 😉 xxx


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