by Patrick Liew on March 20, 2013

As we travel on the journey of life, we seek all manners of wealth and riches. In the final hours, they matter little to us.

We pursue personal achievements and success but we cannot carry them beyond our graves.

Who we are and what we have accomplished cannot extend another minute of our life. Everything that we have acquired will be passed on to other people.

Whatever we carry with us will be buried or cremated together with our body. The things which we hold dear will be buried by the sands of life.

All our dreams and aspirations will disappear. Failures and successes will not be important.

What we strive and fight for will not matter anymore. Vengeance, hatred and resentments will become meaningless in the grand scheme of life.

The paradox of life is that what really count oftentimes cannot be counted. What truly matter may not be made of matter.

What really counts in our life is not our ability but our integrity. It’s not about our circumstances but our character.

It’s not about what we have but what we gave. It’s not what we have achieved but what others have received from us.

It’s not about the image we portray but what others perceive of us. It’s not the recognition we seek but the respect that others accord to us.

It’s not about what we have done but what became of us and the others after what we have done. It’s not about the quantity of our possessions but the quality of our contributions.

It’s not about the position we hold but our compassion for people. It’s not about having more power but whether we can shower more love on others.

It’s not about prestige but the privilege to serve a wider community. It’s not about the pleasures of life but the treasures that will outlast a lifetime.

It’s not about what we will miss in life but whether people will miss us when we are gone. It’s not about making a living but living a life that makes a positive difference to others.

It’s not about the kind of world we are living in but whether we will leave the world a better place than when we first came to it. It’s not about what we know but how we use what we know to turn the world around us into a better home.

Life must be lived not just forward but also backward.

We need to work with our Creator to craft where we want to be and and how we should live our lives. We need to then work backwards to decide how we should journey in life, living out our dreams in our minds and in our lives.

Whatever happened in our lives may not be the best. However, we can make the best of whatever happened.

We can turn every stumbling block into a stepping stone. Every pitfall can be our platform to live a worthwhile life.

The best way to live our life is to live it for others and not just for ourselves. The more we reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better our lives will become.

When we hold tightly to material things in our heart, they will soon take complete hold of us. It will leave us drifting through a sea of meaninglessness.

Life is about giving ourselves to what really count in eternity. If we live for such a higher cause, we will be lifted to a higher plane in life.

It’s time to change our lives.

Change is not out there. It’s within us.

I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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