(almost) daily purefix: what matters> sir ken on an education revolution

05/26/2010

Hey guys, it’s been a moment.  Hope everyone is having a grand day.  Below is something a dear friend sent me today that resonated and I wanted to share with you all.  It speaks powerfully to what ‘really’ matters in life and I’m excited to hear your comments.  I am following this up with a prime example of something that ‘really’ matters and the visionary carrying this powerful vision into reality.  Enjoy and have a lovely day!

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What will Matter
Author: Michael Josephson

Ready or not, some day 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 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 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.

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2 Responses to “(almost) daily purefix: what matters> sir ken on an education revolution”

  1. Martina Mijuskovic Says:

    Beautiful and inspiring. Thank you!

  2. Sabrina Huff Says:

    Josephson’s words echo the sentiments of Ecclesiastes (the most nihilistic book of the Bible and the one that also says that there’s nothing new under the sun…).

    Sir Ken puts the crisis in education palatably and with an eye towards inspiring people to break from the linear. The “education revolution” will come as people are dragged willingly or unwillingly to their destinies.

    My goal is to teach, but to teach one first has to do some “living” so that there’ll be something to teach. Generally educators go through the linear path from kindergarten to education schools to teaching. People who are schooled in life and “retire” into teaching make some of the best teachers.


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