“As you travel on the journey of life, you seek all manners of wealth and riches.
In the final hours, they matter little to you.
You pursue personal achievement and success but you cannot carry them beyond your grave.
Who you are and what you have accomplished cannot extend another minute of your life.
What you strive and fight for will not matter. Vengeance, hatred, and resentment will become meaningless in the grand scheme of life.
Failure and success will not be important anymore. All your dreams and aspirations will disappear.
Everything that you have acquired will be passed on to some other people.
Whatever you carry with you will be buried or cremated together with your body.
The things which you hold dear will eventually be buried by the sands of time.
The paradox of life is that what really counts oftentimes cannot be counted.
What truly matters may not be made of matter.
What really counts in your life is not just about your capability but also about your character.
It's not just about your tenacity but also about your integrity.
It's not just about the image you portray but also about what others perceive of you.
It's not just about the recognition you seek but the respect you earn from others.
It's not just about what you have done but also about what became of you and the others after you have done it.
It's not about the quantity of your possession but the quality of your contribution.
It's not just about the position you hold but also about your compassion for people.
It's not about having more power but whether you have a passion for helping people around you.
It's not just about what you have but also about what you gave.
It's not just about what you have achieved but also about what others have received from you.
It's not about prestige but the privilege to serve a wider community.
It's not about the pleasure of life but the treasure that will outlast a lifetime.
It's not about what you have missed out in life but whether people will miss you when you are gone.
It's not just about making a living but about living a life that counts.
It's not about your place in the world but whether you will leave the world a better place than when you first came into it.
It's not about what you know but how you use what you know to turn the world around you into a better home.
Don't just look forward in life but backward too.
You need to work with your Creator to craft where you want to be and how you should live your life.
Then work backward to decide how you should journey in life, in order to live out His plan in your mind and in your life.
Whatever happened in your life may not be the best.
However, you can make the best of whatever happens.
You can turn every stumbling block into a stepping stone.
Every pitfall can be a platform to live a worthwhile life.
The best way to live your life is to live it for others and not only for yourself.
When you invest in human lives, you will live the best of life.
The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become.
When you hold tightly to material things, they will soon take complete hold of you.
It will leave you drifting through a sea of meaninglessness.
Life is about giving yourself to what really counts for eternity.
If you live for such a higher cause, you will be lifted to a higher plane and will enjoy greater fulfillment in life."
- Patrick Liew