Have you ever thought about what words or phrase could sum up your life? How would others describe your contribution here on Earth? Do you have wise words to share with people long after you’re gone?
My pastor spoke on this recently. He told of a man who had “I told you I was sick” written on his tombstone. I had to laugh at that one. Going out with a sense of humor!
But in all seriousness, what few words could be spoken about you to give others your sense of purpose or legacy? Do people know what you are about?
I had a poem in my classroom for the first 10 or so years that I taught. I often read it to my seniors. Now looking at it again I see that it is certainly worth some serious thought. What are you doing with your dash?
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.
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