The Dash

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 those years.

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 rearranged.

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?


by Linda Ellis

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 "One of the most difficult lessons in life to learn is that..less is usually more.  And, that's what I love about this beautiful poem.  In 239 words, The Dash captures the essence of life.  Our goal by offering equally beautiful Dash and Live Your Dash products is to keep that message alive 365 days a year.  Just one more thing...not only will the Dash provide inspiration for your life, it also makes a beautiful gift for friends, family, and customers."  Mac Anderson, Founder of Inspire Kindness

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When Linda Ellis wrote the Dash poem in 1996, little did she know how impactful the poem would become...What is now widely considered the most popular funeral poem in the world, has also become a blueprint for those still living their own dash.  Love, kindness and making a difference are a centerpiece of this beautiful poem.


In 2006, Simple Truths produced a short video version of the poem and posted it online.  30 million people have since watched this video - www.thedashvideo.com.  The Dash book, published in 2006, has sold over 1 million copies.

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