close you lived your dash please..

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    How Do You Live Your Dash?

    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 he first came to 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. (1900 – 1970)
    For that dash represents all the time
    That she spent alive on this 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 whats 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 your life’s actions to rehash
    Would you be proud of the things they say
    About how you spent your dash?

    Author Linda Ellis

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