How Anne Smedinghoff succeeded

I was very moved by the tribute to Anne Smedinghoff, the Foreign Service officer killed in Afghanistan that recently appeared in The Sun especially the quote at the end from the poem, "Success," by Ralph Waldo Emerson ("Friends celebrate slain diplomat's zest," April 28). The poem is even more meaningful and appropriate to her life when several lines from that poem that precede those words are included.

"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 a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. That is to have succeeded."

Allan Kroopnick

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