Friday, October 13, 2006


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

There will be no more sunrise,
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 wont matter where you came from,
or on what side of the track you lived,
at the end.

It wont 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 day be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought,
but what you built;
not what you get,
but what you gave?

What will matter is not your success,
but your sigificance.

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

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion
couirage or sacrifice that enriched,
empowered or encouraged other
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 does not happen by accident.
Its not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.

Author Michel Josephson


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