A rainy Wednesday is a good day to find some good reading.
I grabbed these two today… as always hard, printable copy provided through link.
First from Kevin Eastman’s BLOG…
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 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 are 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.
Josephson is nationally renowned and provides some very good resources, including one on Character Education. Worth checking out.
Second, I’m not sure where I first found this years and years ago… might even have been a mailing from my mom when I was in college. Pre-email days, wow. Most recently, Ritchie McKay, University of Virginia Associate Head Coach, shared this one with a group of coaches in the VDBL (Virginia Developmental Basketball League) “Coaching Ethics” clinic at the Covenant School.
There are little eyes upon you
and they’re watching night and day.
There are little ears that quickly
take in every word you say.
there are little hands all eager
to do anything you do;
And little children dreaming
of the day they’ll be like you.
You’re the little child’s idol,
you’re the wisest of the wise.
In their little minds about you
no suspicions ever rise.
They believe in you devoutly,
hold all you say and do;
they will say and do, in your way
when they’re grown up just like you.
There’s a wide-eyed little student
who believes you’re always right;
and their eyes are always opened,
and they watch you day and night.
You are setting an example
every day in all you do;
For the little child who’s waiting
to grow up to be like you.
Two worth reading everyday. My copies are above my desk so I can glance and think about them every morning.
Enjoy and share.