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The Dash Poem by Linda Ellis

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The Dash 

I read of a man who stood to speak at the 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 he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time that 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 live

and love and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard. Are there 
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 
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

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