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Saturday, February 1, 2020

What will matter?

There is wisdom in thinking of what will matter in the long run. Michael Josephson has developed this in a rather long poem so I will maybe just share some lines here:

"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....

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....

Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.
It is not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters."

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