The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well. Here are some beautiful thoughts inspired by the writings of Michael Josephson.

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours nor 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's your place in the world; it's your life. Go and and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.-Mae Iemison

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.

It doesn't really matter who I used to be, all that matters is who I have become.

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. 

By Tim Pedrosa

We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.