here's 1 view of it:
To laugh often and love much
To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
endure the betrayal of false friends
To appreciate beauty
To find the best in others
To leave the world a bit better [or a lot 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.
(usually attributed to Elisabeth-Anne Anderson Stanley
who probably had too long of a name to ever be successful)