What it is to matter.

My favorite aunt passed away yesterday.  After 5 years of a back and forth battle with brain cancer, she has moved on to what I can only hope is a better place.  She was a strong, independent, humorous and extremely caring person who really lived her 59 years to their fullest.  While she has been taken too soon (as far too many inspirations are), she is, to me, the epitome of a life well lived.  She will be missed terribly, but honored and remembered for years to come.  Seth Godin’s latest post hit home on what it means to matter.

The following is Seth’s thoughts, reposted here for easy access.  You can read it in its original home, and countless more of Seth’s brilliant insights on Seth’s blog.

You matter

  • When you love the work you do and the people you do it with, you matter.
  • When you are so gracious and generous and aware that you think of other people before yourself, you matter.
  • When you leave the world a better place than you found it, you matter.
  • When you continue to raise the bar on what you do and how you do it, you matter.
  • When you teach and forgive and teach more before you rush to judge and demean, you matter.
  • When you touch the people in your life through your actions (and your words), you matter.
  • When kids grow up wanting to be you, you matter.
  • When you see the world as it is, but insist on making it more like it could be, you matter.
  • When you inspire a Nobel prize winner or a slum dweller, you matter.
  • When the room brightens when you walk in, you matter.
  • And when the legacy you leave behind lasts for hours, days or a lifetime, you matter.

One Response

  1. Hi Chris,

    I just found this post, I am so sorry for your loss. I believe that no ever dies we simply live on in other ways. Your aunt sounds like she lived a beautiful and meaningful life because she touched you so deeply.

    This poem is really precious. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing it.

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