HOW DO YOU LIVE YOUR DASH? by Linda Ellis

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  1. Cheryl

    Cheryl Well-Known Member

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    HOW DO YOU LIVE YOUR DASH? by Linda Ellis

    I thought all of you might enjoy this:


    I read of a man who stood to speak
    At the funeral of a friend.
    He told of the dates 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 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 small line is worth.

    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 what time is left,
    That can still be rearranged.

    If we could just slow down enough
    To consider what's true and real,
    And always try to understand
    The way that 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.

    We could 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
    Will you be proud of the things they said
    About how you spent your dash?
     
  2. Cyclops01

    Cyclops01 New Member

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    Cheryl,

    By any chance, are you in extra heavy self medicate mode today??? I'd get all misty eyed thinking how loooooooong that dash was!!! :conc-big: LOL

    Mike
     

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    MilwaukeeCatHunter New Member

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    And be less quick to anger,
    And show appreciation more,
    And love the people in our lives
    Like we've never loved before.


    I gotta work on this one. Maybe I should go to some anger management classes.
     
  4. redneckdrum

    redneckdrum New Member

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    Makes you wanna do some soul searching,Thanks,Cheryl
     
  5. YeeHaw

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    That's very interestering.
     
  6. Cheryl

    Cheryl Well-Known Member

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    Mike, Just the opposite. Probably needed self meds. :p ;)
    Now behave and I'll be looking for you in AMC tomorrow night. 8 PM SHARP!
    Cheryl

    P.S.
    From the list of names, DH has, you know it's just a disguise for the "Ain't Right Club". :frk-big: :hmm-big:
     
  7. Cheryl

    Cheryl Well-Known Member

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    I've always loved that poem. I think I received it in 2000 or 01 in an email. I was cleaning out work email today and decided y'all might enjoy it.

    None of us are perfect but it does make you realize how short that dash is, no matter how long you live.

    Cheryl