the choice

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“What Will Matter”  by Michael Josephson

“Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.

So too your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.

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The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end. It won’t matter whether you where beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin colour will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

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What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built;
Not what you got, but how 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.

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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 are 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.

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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.”

Maybe this is something we all should think about when the new year stands on our doorstep, personal I will … for sure.

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This story is written by Michael Josephson (1942) is a former law professor and attorney who founded the nonprofit Joseph and Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics[ located in Los Angeles, California, out of which he operates as a speaker and lecturer on the subject of ethics. The institute is named after his parents (text;

“It is not living that matters,
but living rightly”

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39 thoughts on “the choice

    • Tahira, thank you so much …. I just found it by accident – and I thounght we all need a little reminder now and then … what is truly important to us in the end.

  1. Very insightful post and one of my favorite songs though I never heard it song by Lucie. I am currently am trying to live mindfully in this moment and enjoy whats left. Hugs Viveka!
    ° ☾ °  ¸. ● ¸ .  ★ ° :.  . • °   .   :. . ¸ . ● ¸    ★  ★☾ °★ .     .  °☆  . ● ¸ .   ★ ° .  • ○ ° ★ .  ☾ °  ¸. ● ¸     ° ☾ °☆  . ¸.   ★  You have been sprinkled with Christmas Snow, Peace, Love, and Happiness! Happy New Year !!★ °  ☾ ☆. •☾ °☆  . ● ¸ .   ★ ° :.  . • ○ ° ★  .   .      .   °  . ● .    ° ☾ °☆  ¸. ● .  ★  ★ ° ☾ ☆ ¸. ¸  ★  :.  . • ○ ° ★  .   . ★  ★ ° ☾ ☆. •

    • One of my favorite songs too … came across Lucie’s version on Youtube – about two years ago – and I like hers better now. That is the song that will send me on my last journey for sure.
      Thanks for the pretty message – stars and moons … lovely.

  2. This is a real reminder of what we should be doing in the year to come… a re focus on what is more important than most the things that fill our minds… great post Viveka… one I’m going to print and stick on the wall as a constant reminder for 2014…

    • Rob’s idea just great and I will do the same. It’s a brilliant short story and it truly made me start thinking twice on my values and what I will be remembered by – not by all my shoes and handbags … that’s for sure.

  3. Thank you for sharing this well written piece. It is a perfect and thought provoking way to end the year. And your choice of music fit in so well…good job.

    • Karen, I truly love when you’re in one of my corners. *smile
      I found it more or less by accident and thought what a great message to all of us .. for the new year.
      One of my favorite songs and especially Lucie’s version.

  4. Perfect music for this post, Viveka.

    I love the Socrates quote, and your whole post. Truly, here lies the value of life.

    • John, thank you so much for visiting .. for taking the time to comment. I personal think that we need a reminder more often. Happy New Year to you too and welcome back!

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