February 1998 – email5

Somebody that had a really good understanding of ….. read on.

Subject: What is it that is really important?                           2/11/98 17:25

The person that wrote this has a pretty good idea of what is important.
Life is not about keeping score.
It’s not about how many friends you have.
Not about if you have plans  this weekend or if you’re alone.
It isn’t about whom you’re dating, whom you used to date, how many
people you’ve dated, or if you haven’t been with anyone at all.
It isn’t about whom you have kissed.  It isn’t about who  your
family is or how much money they have.
Or what kind of car you drive.
Or where you went to school.
It’s not about how beautiful or ugly you are.
Or what clothes you wear, what shoes you have on, or what kind of
music you listen to…
It’s not about if your hair is blonde, red, black, or brown.
Or if your skin is too light or too dark.  Not about what grades you
get, how smart you are, how smart everybody else thinks you are, or
how smart standardized tests say you are.
It’s not about what clubs you’re in or how good you are at “your” sport.
It’s not about representing your whole being on a piece of paper and
seeing who will “accept the written you.”
But, life IS about whom you love and whom you hurt
It’s about whom you make happy or unhappy purposefully.
It’s about keeping or betraying trust…
It’s about friendship, used as a sanctity or a weapon.
It’s about what you say and mean, maybe hurtful, maybe heartening.
About starting rumors and contributing to petty gossip.
It’s about what judgments you pass and why…  And to whom your
judgments are spread.
It’s about whom you’ve ignored with full control and intention.
It’s about jealousy, fear, ignorance, and revenge.
It’s about carrying inner hate and love, letting it grow, and spreading it.
But most of all, it’s about using your life to touch or poison other
people’s hearts in such a way that could have never occurred alone.
Only you choose the way those hearts are affected, and those choices
are what life’s all about.

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