This month I’m sharing a verse that someone shared with me years ago. It’s a bit sentimental for me but it sure tells the truth. I thought it might be appropriate with all the losses the Mid-coast area has experienced these past two weeks.
Grace and Peace,
How Do You Live Your Dash?
Linda Ellis, poet/author
I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the date on her tombstone from the beginning to the end.
He noted that first came her date of 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 best 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 what’s 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 begin read
With your life’s actions to re-hash,
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you lived your Dash?