I first came upon this posting Via http://stuffitellmysister.me. I’m always guaranteed an honest and thought-provoking read from Paula. The post originates at http://myguiltypleasures.wordpress.com. The prose provides a perfect opportunity for me to reflect on 2013 and approach 2014 with hopefully additional wisdom and acceptance to change.
Originally posted on myguiltypleasures:
“What Will Matter” by Michael Josephson
“Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. 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 on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end. It won’t matter whether you where beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin colour 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 how 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 are 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.”
Maybe this is something we all should think about when the new year stands on our doorstep, personal I will … for sure.
This story is written by Michael Josephson (1942) is a former law professor and attorney who founded the nonprofit Joseph and Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics[ located in Los Angeles, California, out of which he operates as a speaker and lecturer on the subject of ethics. The institute is named after his parents (text; en.wikipedia.org)