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    What Will Matter

    What Will Matter
    by Michael Josephson
    used with permission of the author


    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 your gone.

    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's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

    Choose to live a life that matters.
    "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth"
    Sherlock Holmes

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    It's a brilliant text, and it brings back some memories.

    My wife and I used to run 'spiritual empowerment' workshops, and we would often read that text.
    An opinion should be the result of thought, not a substitute for it.
    - Jef Mallett

    Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.
    - Charles Darwin

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