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April 5, 2018
By Yogalife

What Will Matter

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.


— Our thanks to Michael Josephson


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