All Souls' Day has just finished a few days ago. Although I'm working here in KSA for over 19 years already, I never forget to pray for the souls of my departed ones (relatives and close friends) during this occasion. One way or another, they had been a part of my life through thick and thin, through ups and down. I realized then, that life is too short. You will never know the day you will pass away. That's why I always cherish every single day of my life as if it will be the last. As an eye opener for all of us, I would like to reprint this wonderful poem about living life that will matter most. I hope the author of this poem will allow me to post it in my blog so others may read it and will serve an inspiration for them.
Live a Life That Matters (by Anonymous)
Whether you are ready or not, someday your life will come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, no hours nor days.
All the things you collected, whether treasure 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 are 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.
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 yougot, 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 are gone.
What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who love 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 circumstances, but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.