Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Dash

I was switching wallets this weekend and came across this little piece of folded paper.  It was something I had cut out and stuffed away in my wallet years ago (a lot of years ago--I'm embarrassed to say how long I've been using the same wallet).  Unfortunately, I have no idea who the author is, but I love it.  I hope you all find it just as inspirational as I do.

**UPDATE--after a quick google search, I found out the author is Linda M. 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 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 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.
(You could be at "dash mid-range.")

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's being read
with you life's actions to rehash . . .
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent your dash?


  1. Oh, Angela. This is just beautiful! I wonder who the author is? This phrase especially: You could be at "dash mid-range."

    Cherish every moment and live it as if it were your last. So, so thought-provoking and inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

  2. This is beautiful, Ang! What a treasure to find in your wallet. ;) Thank you for sharing.

  3. That was beautiful. I like to frame that and put it in my house somewhere...

  4. I'm glad everyone liked it :o) I just did a quick google search--why I didn't think to do this before, I don't know-- and found out the author is Linda M. Ellis.

  5. ahaha. Gave me chills. I've never thought about the dash in that manner...but I'm glad I can start now.

  6. LOVE THAT!!

    By the way, I expected ALL YOU GOAT GIRLS to speak at my eulogy--panties required.

  7. Ashley--thanks for stopping by :o) Yes, I think the older you get the more you start to realize how preciousl (and short) life is. I'm working on making my "dash" mean something awesome :o)

    Bethany--Panties required? Really? Crap, so much for my idea of spending my elderly years panty-less ;o)

  8. Wow, that was beautiful. Thank you! Did you know that I have a little son whose name is...Dash!

  9. Phreshy--Love the name! It sounds so cool when paired with your [real] last name! I could totally imagine a name like that in lights! ;o)