In the end only three things matter how much you loved how gently you lived and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you
In giving some advice to two elderly men who had done little good in their lives, the Buddha said the following:
When a house is on fire,
the vessel salvaged
is the one that will be of use,
not the one left there to burn.
So when the world is on fire
with aging and death,
one should salvage [one’s wealth] by giving:
what’s given is well salvaged.
Whoever here is restrained
in body, speech, and awareness;
who makes merit while he’s alive:
that will be for his bliss after death.