Author Peggy Noonan once wrote this the Wall Street Journal:

In a way, the world is a great liar.

It shows you it worships and admires money, but at the end of the day it doesn’t.

It says it adores fame and celebrity, but it doesn’t, not really.

The world admires, and wants to hold on to, and not lose, goodness.

It admires virtue. At the end it gives its greatest tributes to generosity, honesty, courage, mercy, talents well used, talents that, brought into the world, make it better.

That’s what it really admires.

That’s what we talk about in eulogies, because that’s what’s important. We don’t say, “The thing about Joe was he was rich!”

We say, if we can, “The thing about Joe was he took care of people.”

It’s a great reminder isn’t it.

Your biggest impact won’t come from having lots of money, a fancy title or a big house.

It will come from your capacity to positively impact the people around you.

Don’t ever forget that.