Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

Ready or not, someday 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 come 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 siginificance.
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 or circumstance, but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.
– Anonymous

At the end of the game, the king and the pawn wind up in the same box.
Give thanks today.

7 Comments:

Anonymous LiteraryLover said...

LiteraryLover

What a wonderful message: poetic, profound and provocative. I give thanks to you for sharing these special sentiments.

8:50 PM  
Anonymous witchy-woo said...

I'm going to print that and put it on my notice board.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous nutty coconut said...

We are what we give. We choose to live a life of happiness despite everyone around us trying to tell us otherwise. Happy Thanksgiving! We are blessed!

9:46 PM  
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