Elisabeth-Anne "Bessie" Anderson Stanley (born before 1900) is the author of the poem Success (What is success? or What Constitutes Success
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;
Whose life was an inspiration;
Whose memory a benediction.
Thanks to http://manker.wordpress.com/Musings from Montana for bringing this to my attention! I was not familiar with the writer, but did a Google search and got the whole verse. Some time back, The Old Geezer http;//ronjoewhite.blogspot.com/ posted a Blog inquiring what you would like people to say about you on your demise. After saying " Being a Christian" first, this would summarize the "ideal" eulogy to me. When you read it for the fourth or fifth time, I realize that not many people that I have known would rate an A+ in all these categories. It would be one glorious life if anyone could.