How Do You Live Your Dash?

How Do You Live Your Dash?
by Linda Ellis

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 the date of her birth
and spoke of 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 matter 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 little 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?


    1. Thank you. A friend of mine had seen it on her church bulletin and shared it with me. I am happy that you came by to see us here on our blog, and hope you will come again. We’re kinda new at this, and I don’t write a lot of things, ’cause I’m still not confident. But maybe in time, it’ll get easier. But we do like to find encouraging and inspirational messages to share. I’ll look at your blog in more detail when I get a chance. At first reading, I like your blog a lot. So be encouraged. Keep on writing. Blessings, Sharon


Thank you. Be blessed!

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