Tuesday, September 23, 2008

What Matters?

Everytime I leave my therapist's office I see this tacked on the bulletin board. It is a good reminder for everyone, not just those of us that have had to deal with cancer...

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 your
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 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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