I ran across this poem called The Dash a while back and I thought it was great.
It really makes you think about your life and what you have really accomplished during your time here on planet Earth. Each day that we are given is a gift, but how we choose to use that gift is up to us. Each day is a new day to use this gift for positive instead of negative. We can choose to help others instead of being selfish.
We all have a birth date. It was a gift and we were not even aware of it at the time. We all have an end date. None of us knows when that day will come so we have very little control over that too. It is the dash between those two dates that we have ultimate control over.
As you read this poem reflect on your life and how you have spent your dash. What things can you do, starting today, to make your dash even more meaningful?
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 love 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 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 read
With your life’s actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?