What really matters?

 I was talking with someone yesterday about the concept of ’emotional assets,’ one of the core concepts in my book Your Legacy of Love: Realize the Gift in Goodbye. In short, these are our individual values, our wisdom, stories, affection, image, voice, and the lessons we have learned in our lifetime.

We were discussing how few people recognize that these are the most important things we have to offer until it is too late. We are so busy working, achieving, creating, making, manufacturing, doing anything to be better, earn more, make more, be more, that we sometimes forget what it is that really matters.As my inspiration for the week,  I wanted to share with you this wonderful piece of writing by Michael Josephson – founder of the Josephson Institute of Ethics.

You might just find that by reading and meditating on the words that the days of this week turn out to be full of more life and love than usual……. en-joy!

WHAT WILL MATTER — by Michael Josephson (used with permission)

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.

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 on at the end.
It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color 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, 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 your gone.

What will matter is 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.

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