Live a Life that Matters
“Ready or not, it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasures or baubles, will pass to someone else…
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
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 or sacrifice
That ennobled, 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 people will feel a lasting loss when you are gone…
It won’t matter where you came from, or on which side of the tracks you lived 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 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 is not a matter of circumstances, but of choice.”
– Michael Josephson