Sunday, January 2, 2011

What Matters

Happy New Year!!!

I found this quote and it reminded me again what really matters in this life.

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 days, no hours or minutes. 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 all 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.
It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Your gender, skin color, ethnicity 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 and 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.


Wanda said...

Hi Dearest, I guess what people say at your funeral is proof of what really mattered in your life.

I love this quote, and want to make every effort to life a life that really matters.

ChrisJ said...

I've been trying to remember where I have heard of Michael Josephson before. I'm sure he is someone my husband reads. Living a life that matters takes single-mindedness and concentration, not to mention self discipline.

Dan said...

@chrisj Maybe you've heard his radio commentaries? We started posting audio of his commentaries on a new youtube channel -

Michael also just started a blog on Business Ethics Training which you may find interesting.