what will matter

dollydolotsNovember 15, 2012

WHAT WILL MATTER

by Michael Josephson

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 of 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.

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terilyn

That is beautiful, and so true.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 11:14PM
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ntt_hou

Amen!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 1:06AM
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OklaMoni

Thank you! We all need a reminder sometimes.

Moni

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 7:06AM
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jkayd_il5

Very true, thanks for posting this.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 8:53AM
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fran1523

Thought provoking. Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 8:58AM
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katlan

That was perfectly said. Thank you.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 10:26AM
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seniorgal_gw

Since my recent 90th birthday I have been thinking a lot about this sort of thing. I've learned that we never know how we have influenced others or what they will remember of us

Be kind, be friendly, and "do unto others." I live in a Senior independent living complex and have come to realize that a smile and a kind word can truly brighten someone's day. We have quite a mix of people here but they all appreciate a bit of friendliness.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 10:42AM
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juellie1962

This reminds me of my mom; she passed away in April and I can truly be proud of her life. She gave, she smiled, she served, she taught and she prayed. I hope to emulate her.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 10:50AM
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vannie

A lesson for all to remember

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 1:17PM
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ivamae

That is just beautiul and well worth remembering each day!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 1:46PM
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yayagal

Wow, that was wonderful!!!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 1:56PM
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jannie

Beautiful!

    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 8:10AM
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Cynic

It's really sad how many people don't understand the value of the little things. Enjoying watching a sunrise or sunset. Doing a good deed for someone for the purpose of doing the good deed, and making them smile, maybe make their day. Feeling good about yourself for doing the good deed. Things like that. Little things DO count.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 5:53AM
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