What Will Matter?

sunset manReady 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 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 of 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 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.

(forwarded email. Author unknown)


7 Responses to “What Will Matter?”

  1. July 30, 2009 at 7:41 am

    this is a reflection of how we should live our lives. thanks for sharing.


  2. July 30, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    what matters is u live a life u chose and u are happy with it…. and that the people around u love u for who u are, for whatever u have done in your life…


  3. 3 digitalcatharsis
    July 30, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    thanks again, MARC. as always.

    thanks WILLIAM, for the additional thoughts.


  4. June 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Agree with William..and so agree with what the author want to emphazize..
    Lets live our life to the fullest without having to hurt someone else.


  5. June 23, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    It doesn’t matter if your just a a simple, kind or ordinary person, you will always be remembered being a good person to others… right my friend? 🙂


  6. June 23, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    What will matter is how we followed God’s will, and how we share God’s words. 🙂


  7. 7 kat
    June 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    what will mater is how you live in this world…


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