What Will Matter..

Hello readers. So i had a pictures post all prepped and ready to be put up and then i accidentally deleted it. *sigh*. So it will be coming up some other time…
However, i bumped onto this poem as i was going through my stuff. It was written by Micheal Josephson. It was given to me by my mum a while ago but just got to read it today and I loved it alot. So i decided to share it here. Its a simple poem but carries a whole lot of water… Enjoy.

WHAT WILL MATTER

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Source: http://www.pinterest.com

Ready or not,
Someday it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises,
no minutes, hours, 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,
           at the end.

It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.

Even your gender and skin colour will be irrelevant.

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Source: Google images.

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 intergrity,
       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.
   Its not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.

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Source: http://www.pinterest.com

Micheal Josephson.

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