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.
— Our thanks to Michael Josephson