Monthly Archives: April 2011

Live a Life that Matters

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 your 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

It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant
Ever you gender and skin color will irrelevant
So what will matter?

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 many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone

What will matter is not your memories
But the memories that live on in those who loved you

What will matter is how long you will be remembered and for what

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident

It happens by choice…

– Michael Josephson


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 your 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

It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant

Ever you gender and skin color will irrelevant

So what will matter?

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 many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone

What will matter is not your memories

But the memories that live on in those who loved you

What will matter is how long you will be remembered and for what

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident

It happens by choice…

Michael Josephson.