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【美文推荐】Michael Josephson | What will matter?

【作者简介】麦克乔瑟夫(Michael Josephson),生于1942年,公开演讲家,曾任法学教授及律师,因成立公益组织乔瑟夫伦理学会而知名,担任道德伦理主题的讲师。


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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 will your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists expire, too. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.

It won’t matter where you came from, or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.

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 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.

 

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1. come to an end: to finish  结束;终结

2. shrivel  v. to become or make sth dry and wrinkled as a result of heat, cold or being old(使)枯萎,干枯,皱缩 

3. expire  v. to be no longer valid because the period of time for which it could be used has ended (of a document, an agreement, etc. 文件、协议等) (因到期而)失效,终止;到期 

4. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. 你的财富、名誉和权力都将枯萎逝去,与你再无关系。

5. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. 一切曾经显得如此重要的得失都将随风而逝。

6. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage and sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example. 重要的是每个行动之中都充满正直、勇气、同情心和牺牲精神,并且有滋养他人生命的力量,鼓励他人跟随其榜样。

7. What will matter is not your memories, but the memories of those who loved you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what. 重要的不是你的记忆,而是爱过你的人对你的记忆。重要的是你会被怀念多久、谁怀念你、因何怀念你。


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