What will matter
After losing an uncle this past month, again it leaves me to ponder much about life, what is important, and what matters most. Following is a poem that my father incorporated into his eulogy of my uncle.
“What Will Matter”- Michael Josephson, 2003
Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no days, no hours or minutes.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten,
Will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame or temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
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 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 doesn't happen by accident.
It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.