Winter is here and it's cold and quiet outside!
As hard as it is..it's time to slow...way down.
In today's busy world, that's easier said than done! Sometimes I feel like a broken record but I know how hard it is to push the pause button.
In kicking-off 2019, I was inspired by a poem that sparked reflection and got me thinking about the year ahead...what's important and what matters. It reminded me that it's not by accident but by design, that we live a meaningful life. It's not about having all the answers but, in asking the rightquestions.
It's in the asking that our QUEST begins!
WHAT WILL MATTER?
Ready of 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 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 in 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 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.
Thank you Michael Josephson for this beautiful poem!
I hope it ignites your QUEST to make this a meaningful and memorable year!
I'm choosing the word ZEST as my theme for 2019.
I want to live with more gusto and focus on what excites me.
- What's your theme and intentions for this year?
- Where will you place your attention and energy?
- I hope you choose to live a life that matters!