How much of what we strive to accomplish
Is perishable? My, oh my...

You can't take laurels or advanced degrees
With you when you die,

Sufficient to leave folks with beautiful memories --
Give of yourself while you can,

Love can't be bought with Visa or MasterCard,
Don't leave a rusted-out van,

Make the best of every hour --
'Tis the only way,

Even the ultimate: Medal of Freedom
Won't buy you one more day.

by D. Edgar Murray 12/28/2000.