I realized on New Year’s Eve that I was scheduled to write a post for January 3rd.  I thought about what I could say to wish everyone reading Women Unplugged a Happy New Year. So I decided to repost what I read in my friend Sheri de Grom’s blog today. It’s just too valuable to keep to myself and I hope it has meaning to you throughout the year 2014 and the year after that and the years after that.

“What Will Matter”  by Michael Josephson

“Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. 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 tracks you lived, at the end. It won’t matter whether you where 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 how 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 are 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.”

Posted on January 3, 2014, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Words to live by, Patti! Thanks for re-posting this. Happy New Year!

  2. Wow, reading that really makes one think, Patti. Thanks for sharing this. Happy new year to you and your family! 🙂

  3. This is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. Love this, Patti. It makes me think of Stephen Crane’s masterful short story, “The Open Boat.” Different people interpret it differently — some think it’s about the futility of life. But to me it’s about how our purpose in life is to help others, and how the survival of others depends on us.

  5. Thank you Tracy, Sheila, Janna, and Andrea for reading my post. It really “spoke to me”, for lack of better words. And, Andrea, thank you for the Stephen Crane suggestion. I’m going to read it.

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