I was given a gift.  A little book.  Called THE DASH,written by Linda Ellis and Mac Anderson. This is something for everyone to remember.

I read of a man who stood to speak

            at a funeral of a friend.

He referred to the dates on the tombstone 

                  from beginning….. to the end.

He noted that first came the date of the person’s 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 he spent alive on earth

And, now only those who loved him 

                             Know what that little time 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 still can 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 actions to rehash…

would you be proud of the things they say…      about how you spent your dash?

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