Friday, May 24, 2013

"What Will Matter"

Ready or not, someday 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 leaned 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 lasting loss when you're gone. What will matter is not your memories but the memories of 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. **Parents: your children hold on to your every action & every word. Be the example of the person you want them to be in 25 years. **Coaches: you are your players hero. Set an example of a person who would make you proud. **Players: be kind. Do something nice for someone who doesn't expect it today.


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