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, wether treasured or forgotten will pass to someone else.
You wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will no 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 seems so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from or what side of tracks you lived on at the end. It won’t matter wether 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 you built, not what you got but what you gave. What will matter is not your succes 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
By Michael Josephson