"Being the richest man in the cemetery and occupying the biggest plot wouldn't mean anything to me and those I leave behind. What matters more to them when I am dead is knowing that I did something with my life when I lived; knowing that every now and then I made someone's day a bit happier, their life more meaningful and I often made them smile.
The biggest conundrum of character is knowing that having integrity matters; for if you have it, nothing else matters, and if you don't, nothing else matters! Everything else is just the sprinkles on your cappuccino. Knowing that there are times to 'accept' and times to 'resist' matters to the preservation of emotional energy, as well as knowing that the only 'good fight' is when you fight for something other than your own emotions and self-interest.
Learning early on in life that worry is a negative and wasteful form of energy that can only exist within currents of 'might-have-been dreams, will save you much heartache and hurt. Rivers of remorse can but overflow with ripples of regret and can never find the channel to happiness and contentment. While worry will never stop it raining tomorrow, it can keep one from feeling sunny today. Acquiring the approval of others is often made to matter too much in the satisfaction stakes of self-acceptance. At worst, this activity has the potential to denigrate truth and at best it depletes our honest intent. It will always matter that people feel they can love and be loved in return. Know, however, that their love for you will be more enduring when it is given, not for who you are, but how you make them feel.
It also matters that opposites can both attract and repel if wider humanity and greater diversity are to be preserved. To be human infers that one is constantly in the grip of opposing emotions and is obliged daily to reconcile apparently conflicting tensions.
One is never too young to teach, too old to learn, too insensitive to care, too poor to give, too incapacitated to help, too ignorant to understand, too distant to feel, too deaf to hear, too blind to see or too insignificant to matter. However great or small the world seeks to make us, we all matter!
When all the water has been drained from the cooking pot, it is the substance that is left what matters most. You matter. I matter. We matter! Nature, nurture and God matter when it comes to feeding body, mind and soul! Not all children will know their 'Twelve Times Table' on the day they begin their attendance at First School, but every child will instinctively know that every rabbit needs a hole, every person needs a home and every creature needs a hug." William Forde: November 19th, 2017.