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what will matter

Posted by dollydolots (My Page) on
Thu, Nov 15, 12 at 23:10


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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That is beautiful, and so true.

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Thank you! We all need a reminder sometimes.


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Very true, thanks for posting this.

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Thought provoking. Thanks for sharing.

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That was perfectly said. Thank you.

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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.

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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.

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A lesson for all to remember

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That is just beautiul and well worth remembering each day!

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Wow, that was wonderful!!!

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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.

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