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 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?
by Linda Ellis, copyright 1996
I came across this poem and it really resonated with me. It got me thinking about how I am spending my days, what I am doing day in day out. I decided I did not want a dash that was wasted. I do not want people at my celebration of life to be thinking he just existed to his final days. I know I have the love and loved covered, but I want more than that represented by my dash. I want people I do not even know to benefit from the fact that I existed.
I want a dash that has no regrets, I will complete my bucket list before I kick it.. I want a dash that’s full of love, I know I am loved by most of the people that know me already, but I want others who do not know me personally to say “What an amazing man he was because he….”. I want a dash that is full of adventure, I want to live while I am alive, I want to travel and see what I want to see and experience what I want to experience. I want a dash that full of laughter and fun, I want it to reflect a lifetime of enjoyment of family and friends and good times spent meeting and enjoying happy moments with new people.
I want a dash that other people will want to have as theirs. I want people to say, “man this guy really lived! He had fun, love and adventure. He had experiences only stepping out can achieve. He spent lots of time helping people for no other reason except for the simple fact he could.” I want people to be happy I was here and to be happy that I had a full and abundant life, and a little sad that I am gone. Not too much sorrow because life is for the living and I lived it!
Another favourite saying of mine is: “When it’s my time to go I don’t want to be there all neat and pressed! I want to come sliding in at full speed with sweat on my brow, a smile on my face and covered in dirt from a life well lived.”
What do you want your dash to say about the life you lived?
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