Someday it will come to an end
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days
All the things that you have collected
Whether treasured or forgotten will pass to someone else
Your wealth, fame or 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 list will expire
The winds and losses that once seemed so important will fade away
It won’t matter whether or not 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
encourage 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 matter doesn’t happen by accident
It’s not a matter of circumstances but of choice
Choose to live life that matters.
June 20, 2008