[brucemem] Nice saying- can we use?

Lynn Schroeder lynnsc95060 at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 1 08:28:25 PST 2008

A friend gave me this statement thinking it might be good for Bruce's
memorial.  Anywhere we can use it?  Is it a bit too trite?  Do we
have enough to deal with already?  If nothing else, enjoy it:


Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All 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 
So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed to 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 other to emulate your

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 loss when you're gone.
What will matter is not your memories but the memories of those who loved 
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.

Bruce mattered.

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