Today I was sharing with a friend a conversation regarding material things we collect over time and how we realized now that we really never needed them. How insignificant is all our stuff in the whole realm of things. While watching the news covering the tragedy in Haiti you see people with very little and appreciate so much what they have yet my closet is full of clothes and shoes that I don’t even wear. I like to shop. Yet is what I buy meaningful in the end? No.
A Christian radio station today had a host that I heard while flicking through the channels and she was saying that what really matters in life is the relationships we have with others—not our $ 400,000 home with the boat parked in the driveway. (I don’t have a boat or a half a million dollar home.) People really don’t care about stuff, for the most part they care about other people.
One of my favorites I listened to while in Southern California was Michael Josephson. You can find him HERE.
What Will Matter 655.2 by Michael Josephson
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 you’re 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.
This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.