Sunday, February 26, 2012

Choose A Life That Matters

Today in church, Father Cox read this incredible poem.  He thought it appropriate for the 1st Sunday of Lent, I couldn't agree more.  Most humans get confused as to what is really important in life and take the wrong path, often wondering why they aren't happy.  Michael Josephson, the author, reminds us how to choose a life that truly matters.  His words are powerful, insightful, encouraging and inspirational. His words will remind me of the choices I make to be a better person in this world~ 

So What Will Matter At The End of The Day?

Ready or not, some day it will 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 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 on what side of the track you lived.
It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin colour 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 and 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 people feel a lasting loss when you are 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 does not happen by accident
It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice

Choose to live a life that matters
                                                                                   - by Michael Josephson


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