28 September 2008

Live a life that Matters

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

There will be no more sunrises,

No Minutes, hours or days.

All the things you collected, owned, treasured or forgotten,

will pass on 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 all expire.

The wins and loses that once seemed 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 you were beautiful or brilliant.

Even your gender and skin colour will be irrelevant.

What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built.

What will matter is not what you got, but what you gave.

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

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 are not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.

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 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.