This year I went to a funeral for a special person. As I pulled up to the funeral home to show my respects I grew annoyed at the traffic.. Thinking to myself.... "come on people.. I've got places to go, people to see, things to do." Until finally I realized the traffic was from the hundreds of people wrapped around the funeral home in line to show their respects for this special person. How amazing. My heart sank as I realized what an impact this person made on the lives of others. It definitely made me re-evaluate the "important" things on my list... The PEOPLE in my life. No amount of money, fancy cars, clothes, trips or homes could equal the value of the special people in my life. This year I want my resolutions to reflect success in a different area of my life- my relationships with others. I want to really make my "dash" full of love, excitement and happiness all spent with the special people in my life.
The following poem is so true to my point behind this post. How do you spend your dash? Life is way too short to not spend it in the most amazing ways you can think of. Thank each of you for being a very special part of my "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 love 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 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 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 read
With your life’s actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?