The Dash…

October 30th, 2012

I went there so I could offer you and your family my support and just be there to listen to all the great things you and others had to say about that person who was physically no longer with us. Never thought that I would be leaving that place having taken something more than what I gave. Taken a great life lesson that has inspired me. Your eulogy was heartfelt and one that has resonated with me. It has inspired me to write this blog entry. I don’t want the inspiration to stop so I am sharing the essence of what you spoke. It is a universal message that comes in the form of a poem written by Linda Ellis. Hope this inspires you as it has me:

The Dash Poem, 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 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 little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read
With your life’s actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash”

canCertainly live life!

5 Responses to “The Dash…”

  1. Jo says:

    Beautiful poem…

  2. Jhaga says:

    Absolutely true…the way we view the world is a reflection of who we are on the inside. Be at peace with yourself and you will be at peace with the world. This poem was a great reality check, thanks for sharing

  3. Marilyn says:

    Thanks for sharing Hanspaul. I try everyday to make my ”dash” worthwhile!

  4. Sim Jhita says:

    Beautiful! Thanx for the reminder xxx

  5. Bhagwant says:

    It is so strange how people get time to fight during the tenure of their stay on earth when life is so short of love. We all have to learn from the essence of this nicely composed poem and be a nice ,caring loving person in the years to come. Nice thought to write this blog.

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