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Live a life that matters

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by vatsan, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. vatsan

    vatsan New IL'ite

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    Live a life that matters
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    Ready or not, some day it will 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 list 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
    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 get 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 enriches, empowers or encourages 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 people will feel a lasting loss when you are 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.

    Living a life that matters does not happen by accident
    It is not a matter of circumstance but of choice
    Choose to live a life that matters.




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  2. aquamarine

    aquamarine Senior IL'ite

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    Hi,

    A fantastic post...really introspective.

    warm wishes,

    aqua.
     
  3. Devika Menon

    Devika Menon Gold IL'ite

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    Dear Vatsan,

    A very well written post. Great work....

    Regards,
    Devika
     
  4. Kamalji

    Kamalji IL Hall of Fame

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    Vatsan,

    Superb and so true.Regards.kamal
     
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    Hi Vatsan

    A very nice post.
    warm regards
    Jay
     
  6. Jananikrithsan

    Jananikrithsan Gold IL'ite

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    Hi Vatsan,
    Great post, nice words too!!!
     
  7. Shanvy

    Shanvy IL Hall of Fame

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    vatsan,

    Good one.
     
  8. vase

    vase Senior IL'ite

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    Hi Vatsan,

    It is truly a thought provoking post!Bow
    almost each and every line made me look 'inside' me... especially the line 'What will matter is not how many people you knew but how many people will feel a lasting loss when you are gone'..

    Thanks for posting the same!

    Cheers!
     
  9. vatsan

    vatsan New IL'ite

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    Amidst all din and bustle, we must also occasionally ponder over the finiteness and futility of life.
    Many thanks - Aqua,Devika,Kamal,Jay,Janani, Shanti and Vase - for your appreciation

    Regards

    VATSAN
     
  10. vatsan

    vatsan New IL'ite

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    I thought this message was soul-stirring.

    I was sorely disappointed with the lack of response.

    May be IL members do not wish to hear anything unworldly- however lofty the message.

    VATSAN
     

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