This morning I learned of the passing of a member of my extended family who lived to be 103 years old! “Bobbie” was an amazing example to all who knew and loved her. She taught herself to play the piano at an early age & later taught piano not only in her home, but also at a major university. She was also an excellent artist & had a keen mind & love for all she knew. As I briefly reiminesced about our beloved “Bobbie” I recalled an article that reminded me of her full life entitled “How Do You Live Your Dash?” The author is unknown, but it is a great reminder to us all of how we should value the time we have on earth.
HOW DO YOU LIVE YOUR DASH? Author unknown
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 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 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 & 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’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?
Team, as we anticipate a New Year and look forward to accomplishing our goals, I hope we will all consider how we can improve our relationships with those we love & care about. None of us know how long we will be here. How will you live your dash?