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What Will Matter

Posted May 26th, 2010 by Spence Bowthorpe with 2 Comments

by Michael Josephson

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.

©2003 Michael Josephson (310) 846-4800   www.charactercounts.org

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Written by Spence Bowthorpe

Comments

November 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Thank you for sharing Michael’s commentary! We started posting audio of his commentaries on a new youtube channel – http://www.youtube.com/josephsoninstitute. If you end up posting any of the videos, share the link with us via twitter at http://www.twitter.com/josephson0.

Thanks!

Dan

Spence Bowthorpe says:

January 28, 2011 at 9:12 am

Thank you for the note. I apologize for not replying until now… I’m just learning how to use WordPress.
I will check out your videos and let you know if we post.

Best to you,

Spence Bowthorpe
Delta Business Solutions

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