It doesn’t matter what happened in the past or what will happen in future what matters the most is that what you are doing in your present.
Anurag Prakash Ray
One of the good things in my life is how my children are helping my wife and I organize our important papers while updating our legal documents. We are also making sure we have provided them access to our accounts and valuables. Knowing they have the ability to step in if we become too infirm to do all that needs to be done is a relief.
It has also been a good time to reflect on our long lives as well as the days ahead. Too many of us never get to doing what we can do to make our later years better than they otherwise might be. Here is some food for thought worth considering
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.
Twenty years from now it won’t matter what shoes you wore, how your hair looked, or what kind of jeans you bought. What will matter is what you learned and how you used it.
This is why we trail so many countries in math…I was sitting in a cafeteria recently, next to a woman who was engrossed in her newspaper. One of the headlines blared: “12 Brazilian Soldiers Killed.” She shook her head at the sad news.
Then, turning to me, asked, “How many is a Brazilian?”
If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
“Things A Gal Doesn’t Want To Hear Her Blind Date Say:”
“I really feel that I’ve grown in the past few years. Used to be I wouldn’t have given someone like you a second look.”
“Nice outfit. Is that a wonder-bra?”
“I never thought I’d look at a woman again but my last boyfriend broke my heart, so I said to myself ‘come on, give it another try’ ”
“I really don’t like this restaurant that much, but I wanted to use this 2-for-1 coupon before it expired.”
“I used to come here all the time with my ex.”
“It’s been tough, but I’ve come to accept that most people I date just won’t be as smart as I am.”
“How come you are so much fatter than your sister, anyway?”
There was a typo on a test I was taking. Instead of “(D) none of the above,” it said “(D) one of the above.” So I circled it.
An elderly woman had just returned to her home from an evening of church services when she was startled by an intruder. She caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables and yelled, “Stop! Acts 2:38!” (Repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven.)
The burglar stopped in his tracks. The woman calmly called the police and explained what she had done.
As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar, “Why did you just stand there? All the old lady did was yell a scripture to you.”
“Scripture?” replied the burglar. “She said she had an ax and two 38’s!”
“A new poll reveals that 56% of Americans believe that Wal-Mart is bad for the country, while the other 44% work there.”
A computer instructor for an adult-education program at a community college became keenly aware of the gap in computer knowledge between his younger and older students.
His observations were confirmed the day a new student walked into their library area and glanced at the encyclopedia volumes stacked on a bookshelf.
“What are all these books?” he asked.
Somewhat surprised, the instructor replied that they were encyclopedias.
“Really?” he said. Someone printed out the whole thing?”
Life can be only understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.
The featured guest on a local radio talk show was a woman who owned a home-cleaning service. After she described what her clients could expect, the program’s telephone lines were opened to the audience. The first caller struck to the heart of every woman who had ever contemplated employing such a service.
Her question: “How much cleaning do I have to do before your people come?”
“When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want? Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter then, will be people.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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