Friday, August 7, 2009

What Will Matter

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.

Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear. So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to do lists will expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.

It won't matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.

It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.

What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident. It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.
---Michael Josephson


6 Grateful Heart's Words:

Shinade aka Jackie said...

So true!! I am always uplifted when I visit here Shawie...thank you!!

My apologies for taking so long to return your wonderful visit.

but, after weeks of terrible pain the last 2 days became just about unbearable so I had to go to the DR.....diagnosis pinched sciatic nerve!!

Please don't think I was ignoring you or had forgotten you!!

Hugs, blessings and peace!

sandy said...

So very very true. We all must strive each and every day to reach/touch at least person, make someone smile, make someone feel loved, let them know they matter. Life can be very hard for some and if along our way we can lighten someone else's burden we've accomplished something.

Have a wonderful wkend, looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Angel said...

Thank you for this amazing post. It was definitely something that I needed to read! Take care and have a wonderful weekend:)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

What a profound and philisophical post. It speaks of leaving a legacy that will make us be remembered by those whose lives we touched when finally we depart from this world. Thanks for the post. God bless you always.

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

I really needed this today! Thank you so much!

Duni said...

Hi Shawie,

yes, I think it's important to uplift the lives of those we connect with.
thank you for another great post!