Make Sure You Fill Your Dash

Our last event in Hawaii included a couple of very amazing speakers. Sam, as part of his presentation, relayed to us a poem he had been powerfully moved by and I include it here for everyone to be reminded.

Here it is:
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The Dash
By Linda Ellis

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 begging to the end

He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke 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 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 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'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 action to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?

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Make sure that you do not miss out on anything as you go through your life and keep your eye on your “visions in motion” and be remembered.


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