"This Life Mattered"
Ready or not, Someday it all comes to an end.
There are no more sunrises, no more minutes, hours, or days...
All things collected, treasured, or forgotten
pass to someone else...
Wealth, fame and temporal power shrivel to irrelevance...
It matters not what was owned or owed.
Grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies finally disappear...
Hopes, ambitions, plans and to do list expire...
Wins and losses that once seemed
so important fade away...
It no longer matters where you came from,
or on what side of the tracks you lived...
No matter whether you
were beautiful, or brilliant, or your gender,
or the color of your skin,
All are irrelevant...
So What Matters?
How is the value of our day measured?
What matters is not what we bought,
But what we built.
What matters is not what we got,
But what we gave.
What matters is not our success,
But our significance.
What matters is not what we learnt,
But what we taught.
What matters is every act of integrity,
compassion, courage or sacrifice
that enriched, empowered or encouraged
others to emulate our example.
What matters is not our competence,
But our character.
What matters is not how many people we knew,
But how many people will feel
a lasting loss when we are gone.
What matters is not our memories,
But the memories that live in those who loved us.
What matters is how long we 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 a matter of choice.
Yes my friends,
This Life That We Remember,
Jeannie "Vac" Saputo,
"There must have been a thousand
people at her funeral" said one person,
No doubt, there surely was...
"She was my best friend"
said many who loved her deeply,
And no doubt she truely was,
to each one, their best friend...
"She loved her family and friends"
That was obviouse to all who knew her...
Jeannie did not drive a car,
She did not travel often far from home
and when she did it was mostly with her family.
Her and her husband Joe were married for decades,
Her home and family were first and formost
her passion and love...
She managed to keep friendships
that lasted a lifetime,
with compassion, kindness, respect and love
for and from each and every one of her friends...
Yes Jeannie mattered so very much
to all of us who knew and loved her...