Monday, February 23, 2009

How are you spending your "dash"?

My good friend Michele posted the following poem on her blog and I thought I would share it with you. It was a poem she heard at a recent memorial service.

The Dash
copyright 1996 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 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 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'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 your life's actions to rehash...
would you be proud of the things they
say about how you spend your dash?


Carolyn NC said...

What a lovely poem!

RuthB said...


Ok, ready to be interviewed?

The idea is you post the questions with your answers on your blog and offer to interview someone else.

1. If you couldn't stitch, what would you do instead?

2. What's the perfect accompaniment to stitching (ie. music, tv, gossip,....).... which leads to the question where's your happiest place to stitch.

3. What piece that you've finsihed makes you most proud and why? And did you keep it or was it a gift?

4. If you could take any trip, any where, all expenses paid -- where would you go, for how long, and why?

5. If you had to only make one kind of cake (from your vast pantheon of baking options) from now on, what one would it be?