Many of us have been saddened by the loss of our loved ones. We are never ready for it, even if we know it’s coming. A couple years ago I was at the funeral of my co-worker’s mother. I had never seen so many people get up and speak about a person with so much love. It had to be over twenty people who spoke fondly of this 71 year old woman. As I listened to the stories from her life, I was moved not just by the love others felt for her, but by her zest for life. She was truly an example of someone who lived her life to the fullest. I’ve always been one to go after what I want but lately I had been feeling stuck. This was just the extra push I needed to make a change in my life.
There has been a poem going around for years titled “The Dash,” by Linda Ellis. My sister-in-law read this poem at my father-in-law’s funeral. It begins with, “I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend…” And half way through it says, “What matters is how we live and love, and how we spend our dash.”
Read the poem, watch the video and take the time to think about how you are living your dash.
“The Dash” is a copyrighted poem by Linda Ellis. There is a link on Linda’s blog where you can read the poem.
Here is the video version of “The Dash” poem:
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