Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Little Dash in Your Life

I read of a man who spoke at the funeral of a

He referred to the dates on her tombstone, from the
beginning - to the end.

He noted that first came her date of birth and spoke of
the next date with tears.

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

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

Remembering that this special dash might only last a
little while.

So, when your eulogy's being read with your life's actions
to rehash...

Would you be proud of the things they say... about how you
spent your dash ?


Christi said...

What a great blog! Thanks for the reminder!

Mike Russell said...

I have figured out how to get buried for under $1,000, and it will include not having a headstone. I think sometimes people want a headstone as a lasting monument so they are not forgotten. I don't blame them, but I hope to live on in in the memories of friends and family members!

TriEric said...

I hear ya Mike. I'm up for getting cremated and saving the real estate for someone else. Memories is what matters most.

Tamara said...

What a wonderful post and such an important reminder to remember what is important. (how's that for a tautology?!) Anyway, point being thanks for a thought-provoking post.