“Keep a clear eye toward life’s end. Do not forget your purpose and destiny as God’s creature. What you are in his sight is what you are and nothing more. Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing that you have received…but only what you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.”
~ Francis of Assisi
What is real is the things in front of you – the people, the love, the storms; the present moment is what matters. Do not allow pride to swallow your humility and most importantly, do not lose sight of your fundamental purpose for your very existence in your brief sojourn on Earth.
You don’t own anything in life, the no-self principle. Just the same, there is nothing in life you can take away or carry with you – except the legacy and footprints in the heart’s of the people you have loved, laughed, comforted and weathered storms together; these are the indelible treasures of your legacy you leave behind which is the epitome reflecting a life that is well-lived, meaningful, using every single bit of the talents in which God has so gracefully blessed upon you with to create such a difference in this world.
When the final curtain draws, the congregation that gathers shouldn’t be a communion of grieving hearts, but a gathering of a community to honour this true celebration of a life filled with happy memories imprinted till the very end.
This is essentially what matters.