Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Live a life that matters

"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, brilliant, short, tall , heavy,
or thin….

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 in making a difference in people's lives….

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. As we enter the holiday
season and ring in the New Year with its resolutions…

Choose to live a life that matters, and celebrate those who matter to you."



Merry Christmas!

4 comments:

doodlestreet said...

I love every bit of this. It's spot on. Thank you for sharing it...

Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family. :O)

kelly said...

Thanks, Doodlestreet! Have a wonderful day!

Peter Lubbers said...

Well said, Kelly.
Have a great Christmas and a happy New Year!
Peter

HappyTrails said...

Thank you for sharing this. Very meaningful, as was the Advent video from your previous post. Great stuff and so true! Have a wonderful day!
K