What Will Matter

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
October 11, 1997

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.



By - Michael Josephson 
  1. Reblogged this on warrior life and commented:
    Here’s a great post from Morning Story and Dilbert. Read it and let it sink in.


  2. powerful words … living with gratefulness and intentionality, with wisdom and boldness … thank you so much for this today… it blessed me 🙂


  3. "Working for Christ" said:

    Very humbling! Have a great weekend, Kenny T! Make it matter! 🙂 Dave


  4. April said:

    Words well written with TRUTH! Makes you think about where the priorities are in life. Thank you for sharing.

    I will be sharing this on my Facebook Page, Thoughts From The Porch. I invite you to come by and visit my page. It is a page to coincide with my blog site. A page of hope, faith and encouragement. It is a place where you can share a favorite quote, scripture or share a faith story. It is also a place where you can come and find encouragement and see how God is at work in other’s lives.

    Have a blessed weekend.


  5. “Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.” Amen. It’s up to us and the choices we make every day to determine the life we want to live and the legacy we want to leave behind. Thank you for the reminder!


  6. Thought provoking. These words rung high and true when I lost a friend. Then I realized not only was she gone but also looking at all the stuff, family and friends that she left behind.
    These words are so true.


  7. So true and wise. We need to keep our eye on doing things that actually do make a difference for others; like you say, things that do matter.


  8. R&Y said:

    This was a very powerful post, have a great weekend.


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