Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

“What Matters”

There will be those who tell you what you do is not good, or not good enough;
    Do good anyway.
There will be those who tell you what you do is not important;
    Be of importance anyway.
There will be times when your patience feels at an end;
    Be patient anyway.
There will be times you feel you are not enriching or adding value to others;
    Enrich and add anyway.
There will be many who need to tell you something;
    Enrich the both of you by truly listening.
There might not be adequate financial rewards to what you do;
    Find better, more meaningful and more important rewards.
There will be people, things and situations outside your sphere of influence;
    Tend to what’s inside your sphere, and it will expand.
There will those who point out your faults;
    Listen to the words and become better from them.
There will be those who are not kind and do not respect you;
    Be kind and respectful anyway.
There will be those who do not appreciate or understand you,
    Do your best to appreciate and understand them.
There will those who think you could have done something better;
    Listen with an open mind and decide if the words have merit.
There will be setbacks and obstacles to your goal;
    Let them make you stronger and more resourceful for the next time.
There will be many who measure your success in a materialistic fashion;
    Find your own measurement of success.
There will be those who only compare you to others;
    Compare your present self only to your past self.
There be those who see your work as “cute and fun”;
    Be professional anyway.
There will be those who question your wealth of knowledge;
    Have the wisdom to make good use of the knowledge you possess.
There will some that you will not be able to reach;
    Try to reach them anyway.
There will be those who will judge you;
    Your only true judge is your God.
There will be those who ask you why you do this;
    You already know why.

When it all comes down to it, what they say or think or feel about you
is not the measuring stick.
What matters is what you do, how you do it- and why, with the time and energy you have.
What matters is that you are in a process of becoming the best version of yourself.
What matters is that you will have hopefully touched, enriched and added value to others.
What matters is not what you take from this world, but what you bring into it.