L is for Live, Laugh & Love

During my teenage years, I became acquainted with the phrase, "Live, Laugh & Love," through a friend of mine.  I remember hand lettering it into journals and letters to other friends of mine.  I did not know where this simple alliterative phrase came from, but I knew it was powerful.  Later on, I realized they were derived from a poem titled "What Constitutes Success," by Bessie Anderson Stanley, from 1904.  Below is her poem, which I feel is timeless:

The Dead - Los Muertos (Inspired by Luke 16:31)
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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;

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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 by an improved poppy,
a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;

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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.

I hope this poem speaks to you, as much as it does to me.  Thank you for following my blog, as well as for taking the time to leave a comment.  Blessings!


MelodyK said…
you know? I wish you all of that ... and keeping in touch with your blessings, it will be there.

Have a nice ABC-day / – week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (ABC-team)
Joy said…
Great opening lines, never heard the poem before.
Indrani said…
That is a precious lesson to learn early in life!
Happy ABCW!
Leslie: said…
Like you, I had often heard the phrase but never knew about its origin. What a wonderful poem! I'd love to have it scripted and framed so I could read it every day as a reminder of how to live life.

abcw team
Kelly said…
what a beautiful poem. Love your pirate. :-) Creative Blessings! Kelly 339
Lunch Lady Jan said…
A beautiful, thoughtful post...thank you.
Hugs, LLJ 12 xxx
Hi Arnoldo, we can but hope. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 19
StampedbyChris said…
Arnoldo..you are truly blessed..with family & friends. An eye for beautiful things and a steady hand for drawing inspiration! I look forward to seeing your creations next week. Have a great week.
Chris #27
April said…
I had no idea it came from that poem And I LOVE that poem. Thank you for sharing it.
April #30
Trubes said…
I have read those words of wisdom but not the full
poem, So wise ans succinct without being patronising..
Love it,

best wishes,
ABCW team.
Shoshi said…
Thank you for sharing the lovely poem, Arnoldo, and I'm going to borrow it to put on my blog! Thank you for your great comment - join the queue and turn up with a nice steaming hot pot of coffee and we'll all sit down together and pig out on my home baking, stoma cakes and all!! What fun we would have. I am sure I won't win the competition but as they say, "It's the taking part that counts," and at least I'll give them a laugh! I'm really looking forward to the meeting on Saturday.

Have a great week, and happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #51
Valerie-Jael said…
Beautiful work again, and thanks A lot for joining us at TIOT, Valerie
Unknown said…
Your muerto pirate reminds me of the party where I met your lovely wife so many years ago.
Marjut said…
Lovely pirate. Thank you for joining us at TioT.
Giggles said…
In the eighties I bought four dear friends, and myself a gold necklace with Live, Love, and Laugh words on them. I lived it, and passed it to my daughter who also used it all her teen years! So yes I love this poem and these wonderful words too! Your artwork is beautiful as are your words!! A true inspiration...thanks for this little memory!

Hugs Giggles
denthe said…
Love your Los Muertos-piece! Those piercing eyes ... That Smashbook will be such a treat to look into in the future. Thanks for sharing the poem! Have a great weekend!
Anonymous said…
good words to live by..spooky day of the dead portrait too
DVArtist said…
I had never heard the poem or knew the origin of L-L-L. My daughter has this saying in several places in her home. I really love your Los Muertos. He actually looks a bit happy. Enjoy the weekend.
Faye said…
Great art as usual, Arnoldo. And thanks for sharing that beautiful poem. I had never heard of it before. It sounds like something I'd want to put on my facebook so I will try to find it online to share.
minnemie said…
Beautiful poem - and art!
Mona Pendleton said…
Fantastic artwork and wonderful poem! Happy PPF :)
Both your art and the words of your heart speak to me, Arnoldo. I am blessed to know you and to have you share your talent with us.
God bless and keep you always,
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Christine said…
Beautiful inspiring poem and wonderful 'Day of the Dead' piece!
Irene Rafael said…
I am touched to tears by this poem and I am grateful for your sharing today. Have a lovely week. ~~ Irene
Christine said…
So often the things that speak to us are part of something greater. Thanks for sharing the poem which I'd never heard in its entirety. Your smash book pages are wonderful...love the tag and the flower that adorns it! Thanks for stopping by Word Art Wednesday to share your creativity! Have a blessed weekend!
Christine Miller
Guest Designer
Dorlene Durham said…
Wonderful poem and wonderful art. Thanks for sharing that poem.
Ritu Dua said…
My love for poetry and art run parallel to each other and you know that I believe:)
Love the post absolutely !!

Mrs.B said…
Great artwork and thanks for sharing that wonderful poem with us at TioT
stefanie stark said…
Oh yes, this poem speaks indeed to me and I love especially the last verse. Thank you so much for sharing it and telling us the background of live, laugh and love! Your art is alwas such a great inspiration. The dead looks remarkable and I love the scrapbook pages!
DVArtist said…
Ahhh found you on Sunday Sketches. Very nice. I have joined in with a new drawing today. Have a very nice Sunday.
Serena Lewis said…
Lovely pictures, Arnoldo, especially Summer Fun 2016 Smash Book spread! I have heard that phrase often over the years and am pleased to see its origins. Thanks for sharing.

Have a beautiful week. :)
baili said…
each of it makes the life LIFE in real means otherwise just breathing is not life really.
you are very talented and blessed with beautiful heart dear
You may have the best attitude of anyone I've ever "met"

carol l mckenna said…
Very inspiring poem and art work ~ thanks for visiting and commenting ~

Wishing you a Happy Week ^_^

Beautiful and inspiring art as usual, Arnoldo and thanks for sharing that beautiful poem. I had never heard of it before.Thank you very much for joining TioT!
oxo Susi
peggy gatto said…
I finally know the origin of a favorite saying! Love your "guy"!!!
artbyjune said…
Lovely day of dead mask!
Your "The Dead - Los Muertos" illustration is fabulous! It's perfect. Wonderful scrapbook pages, too. Thank you for always joining us every week. Always inspiring. :)
Su-sieee! Mac said…
That's a wonderful poem. I always thought that quote was from a contemporary novel. Your beautiful artwork goes well with the poem.
It's always so good to visit here! So pleased you found that poem! Your art as ever is fabulous! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx
C.J. Rains said…
It's a wonderful poem! So happy you posted it! I always love reading your blog, though I've been MIA for a while now.