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 we collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.
Our wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what we owned or what we were owed.
Our grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear. So, too, our 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 we came from, or on what side of the tracks we lived, at the end.
It won't matter whether we were beautiful or brilliant.
Even our gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter? How will the value of our days be measured? What will matter is not what we bought, but what we built; not what we got, but what we gave.
What will matter is not our success, but our significance. What will matter is not what we learned, but what we taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate our example.
What will matter is not our competence, but our character. What will matter is not how many people we knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when we are gone.
What will matter is not our memories, but the memories that will live in those who loved us.
What will matter is how long we 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.
"We are, or become, those things which we repeatedly do.
Therefore, Excellence can become not just an event, but a habit ".