May 27, 2020
Time to take off the mask. Mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter. Yet in the moment it matters how you live your life now. One day time will stop, someday it will all come to an end. All you have really in this life is ‘this moment now and here’.
One day, perhaps not far away, there will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else or meet its end. Your wealth, fame and worldly power will shrivel to irrelevance.Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear. But also 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. 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 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. 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. Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. t’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters.
The outer is but trinkets compared to what is dug out of the inner you that can give and receive, even if people are like feral, wild, taking animals. Give from your heart, especially to those who can receive the joyful gifts of just invisible small ‘lagniappes’. The real riches are from the clear heart and the being of self love that overflows with giving to those able to receive it. It’s ‘heart over matter’ whats is given don’t matter if it’s from the heart. Love given from love accumulates in the heart of another, even if the mind don’t matter. Those who pass with lots of love within have won their future of a blessed mystery.