I am not having a great day today. More paperwork!How many times do I have to get these cerficates of birth, marriage and death certified and how many more times do I have to tell the story of Tony's death!
I had to go into the cupboard in the study to look for more information today and found this piece of writing neatly taped there on the inside of the cupboard door - I hadn't noticed it before ..I dont know why but today it jumped out at me. It's telling me to "live a life that matters." It must have struck a chord with Tony for him to place it in his working space and quite recently too as we had only spent weeks in this house. this is what it says.
Live a life that matters
Ready or not, someday it will all 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 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 colour 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 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.
It's not a matter of circumstance, but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.
Powerful words to live by.....He certainly did matter as so many people at the funeral and since have told how Tony was such a positive influence on them and was a real friend and mentor. He was successful and significant and right now missed SO much.