When all is said and done…

How much money I made won’t matter.

How many nice possessions I was able to gather won’t matter.

How many degrees and titles I obtained won’t matter.

How much success I achieved in my career(s) won’t matter.

How many places I was able to visit around the world won’t matter.

How many of my bucket list items I was able to check off won’t matter.

How much time and energy I expended on being in control of my own life won’t matter.

When all is said and done…

What will matter is how I used the money I made.

What will matter is the amount of strong relationships I was able to gather.

What will matter is how I used all of the knowledge I obtained in this life.

What will matter is the level of humility I retained in the midst of success.

What will matter is how I was willing to help others around the world.

What will matter is what I chose to do for other people.

What will matter is the time and energy I expended focusing on those around me.

When all is said and done…

I will be remembered by my generosity or my greed…not the amount sitting in my bank account.

I will be remembered by how I did or did not love and treat the people in my life…not how nice my house was or the amazing possessions I owned.

I will be remembered by the way I chose to live my life wisely or foolishly…not by how smart I was on paper.

I will be remembered by how good or bad I was as a person, man, father, etc…not by the level of success I achieved at a job.

I will be remembered by whether or not I sought to help those in need…not by the number of times I was able to travel and enjoy cool places.

I will be remembered more by the list of things I chose to do in the lives of other people…not by the list of things I chose to do for myself.

I will be remembered more by if I was willing to give of my time and energy for the betterment of someone else…not by how much of my time and energy I spent on me.

When all is said and done…

Making money isn’t wrong. Being able to afford nice things isn’t bad.

Working hard to gain more knowledge is worthwhile. Working hard to achieve success at work is a good thing.

Having opportunities to travel and experience different places and cultures, and being able to check things off of my bucket list is a blessing.

There is nothing wrong with expending time and energy on myself. In fact, if I don’t take care of myself, I can’t properly take care of and help others. So it’s necessary to make sure to expend the proper amount of time and energy on myself.

But when all is said and done, what I have or do for myself is not what I’ll remembered for. What I’ll be remembered for is how I used what I had; how I took the money and knowledge and opportunities and time and energy in my life to focus on others and not just myself.

When all is said and done…

We will all be remembered for something. We will all leave a legacy of some kind.

What do you want to be remembered for? What do you want your legacy to be?