My definition of life and success may not be all that great and magnanimous. But then so rightly did someone say that a successful life is not an ideal of reason but of imagination:
to have LIVED means :
Having appreciated all that is beautiful.
Having laughed more than having cried.
Having acknowledged the best in the others.
Having held the head high even when let down.
Having sung the song of prosperity even in adversity.
Having endured the denigration of those we call friends.
Having been blind to the manmade boundaries and prejudices.
to have SUCCEEDED means:
Having given up one’s self.
Having made the world bit better
Having made a life breathe easier
Having chosen for other’s good before mine.
Having earned the respect of the intelligent.
Having no regrets for whatever I did in good faith.
Having won the approbation of the known and the unknown.