by Linda Ellis
I read of a
man who stood to speak at a funeral of a friend. He referred to the
dates on the tombstone from the beginning… to the end.
He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following
date with tears, but said what mattered most of all was the dash between
For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now
only those who loved them 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 lived and loved 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 still can be
To 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 lived your dash?
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