Monthly Archives: May 2007


We’re back from Celebrate BTW ’07, the BTW Society’s annual celebrate/conference/workshop experience for BTW Ambassador Scholars, parents and mentors. Here’s what they had to say.
(The complete responses are posted here.)

…This trip has taught me things about BTW I didn’t know….

… It made me think a lot about my life and parents and what I should do from here. This experience made me realize that I have so many opportunities out there and all I have to do is try. Even if it doesn’t turn out the way I want it to, I should still give it a shot.

… I feel like this is also a sign from God when I came here…

…We really connected like a family for this couple of days…

…it helped me think about ways that I can help myself be successful, that I have been trying to find answers to…

…Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

…I will use my $1,000 scholarship to put towards books in college…

Thank you …and all the guest speakers for this experience and education on Booker T. Washington. I have been truly motivated and inspired to continue to educate myself on this fine American….

What Matters

By Ronald Court

The following ode, “What Will Matter,” was recently emailed to me by a friend. Michael Josephson (Josephson Institute of Ethics) says it all so clearly in words I have been struggling to express.
What will Matter
by Michael Josephson

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame, and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.
It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter?
How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought but what you built…
not what you got but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched.
Empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, But how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.
What will matter is not your memories but the memories of those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.
It’s not a matter of circumstances but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.

Copyright 2003 Michael Josephson
Josephson Institute of Ethics