Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Amazing Grace

It's been a week since I was in the province for my grandpa's wake. I'd like to share a video of my second cousin, Ingrid, playing a recorder. On top of that, I also want to share a poem that changed my outlook in life. I found this amazing poem in my grandparent's restroom door, it's called "WHAT WILL MATTER" by Michael Josephson". 



WHAT WILL MATTER 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.
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3 comments:

Lee Mars said...

Cute!

KTs lifestyle said...

She's super smart too! I told her that I will visit her in their house next time and I will bring Magnum ice cream bar & Kimmy Jelly, she said no. I said I'll just bring toys then. She said no. I said okay I'll bring books. She said she has a lot of books at home. Then she finally said, "You don't have to buy me anything. Just drop by and say hello, that's good enough for me." :)

Lee Mars said...

Hahaha That's sweet.