Live A Life That Matters
rick Sat, 03/17/2007 - 04:00
Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours, or days. All 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 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 on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end. It won’t matter whether your beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter?
How will 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 your gone.
What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in thoes who you love.
What will matter is how long you are remembered, by whom and for what.
Living a life that matters does’nt happen by accident. Its not a matter of circumstance, but choice.
Choose a life that matters.