The Dash

Today,  I attended the funeral of my best friends brother. A life taken too young and so sad. But I left there with a gift. A wonderful reminder to live life to the fullest….because it is life that happens in between “the dates.”

I want to share with you this poem, The Dash by Sam Ellis, that I received today at the service. To many it may be familiar but to me it was new. On the approach to 2013, I think it is a perfect thought for a new year.        Please read, enjoy and share with your loved ones.


The Dash

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend.

He referred to the dates on his tombstome,  from the beginning to the end.

He noted that first came the 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 he spent alive on earth.

And now only those who loved him know what that little line was 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 arranged.

If we could just slow down enough, to consider what’s true and real.

And always try to understand, the way other people feel.

Be less quick to anger, and show appreciation more, and love people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often with a smile.

Remembering that this little dash might only last awhile.

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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