‎”For each of us eventually, whether we are ready or not,someday we will come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, 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 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 on what side of the tracks you lived at the end. 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 what you learned, but what you taught. What will matter is every active integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrafice 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 your gone. What will matter is not your memories, but your memories that live in those that loved you. What will matter is how long you’ll be remembered, by whom, and for what. A life lived significantly is not one of circumstance, as much as it is an unfailing dedication of choice.”

 
  1. thoughtlessappeals reblogged this from bowlofsoul and added:
    I couldn’t have read this at a better time. I’ve been brought to humbled tears
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Opaque  by  andbamnan