The Dash In Your Life (Weekly Inspiration #6)


This week’s inspiration is another one of my personal favorites!  Enjoy!

I read of a man who stood to speak
 at the funeral of a friend

He referred to the dates on her tombstone 
from the beginning … to the end.

He noted that first came her date of birth 
and spoke the following date with tears,

But he said what mattered most of all
 was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
 that she spent alive on earth…

And now only those who loved her
 know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
 the cars … the house … the cash,

What matters is how we live and love 
and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard…
Are there things you’d like to change?

For you never know how much time is left,
 that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real,

And always try to understand
 the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger, and show appreciation more

And love the people in our lives
 like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
 and more often wear a smile

Remembering that this special dash
 might only last a while.

So, when your eulogy’s being read
 with your life’s actions to rehash…

Would you be proud of the things they say
 about how you spent your dash?
~ Linda Ellis ~

I really like this poem.  It reminds me that the start and end dates of my life are certainties.  One is already written and one can occur at any time.  What matters is what I do between those two dates.  My dash will be what I make it.  The story of our lives is not written in the start and end dates but on that tiny dash in-between!

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