Some years ago, a lovely friend gave me a poem called The Dash, by Linda Ellis. Its message really resonated with me, as it reminded me that every day of our lives counts. We all have the opportunity to take a chance, work towards going on that trip or even just tell our loved ones how much they mean to us. None of us is immortal, and sadly, our time here is limited.

Last weekend, I heard about the passing of an acquaintance. She was a beautiful soul, so caring and genuine – and she loved her kids. She was about my age and her children are similar ages to mine. The news of her death has shaken me to the core, especially as I was unaware of the demons she was fighting. I won’t go into any further details here, other than to say that, whether she believed it or not, the world was definitely a better place with her in it. I certainly hope she can now finally rest in peace xox.

When reflecting on her passing, I went back to re-read The Dash. It’s a poem about that big gap between the time when we are born and they date we die. I’m posting it here for you to read. I hope you enjoy The Dash, and encourage you to think about its message…

The Dash – by Linda 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 matter 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 what’s true and real

And always try to understand

They 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 life’s actions to rehash

Will you be proud of the things they say

About how you spent your dash?

Even reading it again today makes me think about what I’ve achieved so far in life, what’s really made me happy – and the things I still want to do. What will I be remembered for? How DID I spend my dash? What things have I missed out on and may wish to pursue? Maybe it’s time to try more new things?

So … Is there something in your life you’d like to change or improve? Could you be doing more for others – or finally doing something for yourself? Please leave your comments below.

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