Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
Yesterday I had lunch with a special friend. She is an accomplished artist and has created a series of paintings depicting life in my city. She is also a respected councilor how has helped many people find joy in their lives. In addition my friend is a humanitarian and philanthropist. Yep, a really special person.
I don’t get to see her often but when I do I know I am in for stimulating conversation with some sage advice and shared wisdom. I love her sense of humor and her understanding of what is really important in people’s lives. Her personal philosophy and life view has resulted in her helping people who only existed, often with pain, to become folks who find happiness in their lives.
As I reflected on our hour together I remembered this piece written by Michael Josephson, that could have been written by my friend.
What Will Matter
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.
“Don’t be too hard on yourself. There are plenty of people willing to do that for you. Love yourself and be proud of everything that you do. Even mistakes mean you’re trying.”
Letters of Recommendations for Employees
For the chronically absent:
“A man like him is hard to find.”
“It seemed his career was just taking off.”
For the office drunk:
“I feel his real talent is wasted here.”
“We generally found him loaded with work to do.”
For an employee with no ambition:
“He could not care less about the number of hours he had to put in.”
“You would indeed be fortunate to get this person to work for you.”
“He consistently achieves the standards he sets for himself.”
For an employee who is so unproductive that the job is better left unfilled:
“I can assure you that no person would be better for the job.”
For an employee who is not worth further consideration as a job candidate:
“I would urge you to waste no time in making this candidate an offer of employment.”
“All in all, I cannot say enough good things about this candidate or recommend him too highly.”
“Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don’t know and I don’t care.”
Little Johnny and his friend were always boasting of their parents’ achievements to each other.
Friend: ‘Have you ever heard of the Suez Canal?’
Little Johnny: ‘Yes, I have’
Friend: ‘Well, my father dug it.’
Little Johnny: ‘That’s nothing, have you ever heard of Dead Sea?’
Friend: ‘Yes, I have.’
Little Johnny: ‘Well, my father killed it.
“My Dog Can Lick Anyone”
This was written by a class of 8 year olds
- A grandmother is a lady who has no little children of her own. She likes other peoples. A grandfather is a man grandmother. Grandfathers don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see them.
- They are so old they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the store and have lots of quarters for us. When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars. They show us and talk to us about the color of the flowers and also don’t step on “cracks.” They don’t say, “Hurry up.”
- Grandmothers don’t have to be smart. They have to answer questions like, “Why isn’t God married?” and, “How come dogs chase cats?”
- When they read to us, they don’t skip. They don’t mind if we ask for the same story over again.
- Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don’t have television, because they are the only grown ups who like to spend time with us. They know we should have snack-time before bedtime and they say prayers with us every time, and kiss us even when we’ve acted bad.
“My wife’s found the best method of birth control. She takes off her make-up.”
Your problem is how you are going to spend this one and precious life you have been issued. Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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