Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Time to reflect

Would love to share a poem with all my friends and readers as well as those who chance upon my blog. Some of you may have already heard and read "The Dash".

It was written in 1996 by Linda Ellis. I was given a copy of this poem by a friend recently and thanks to her (XY) , I was able to share this with you :) Do take some time to read and reflect upon the words for it has left a footprint in my heart and may it inspire you the way it inspired me .

The Dash Poem

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 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 spent your dash?

You can watch the dash slideshow here


Julian said...

Very nice...thanks for sharing *hugs*

Eileen. 静 said...

*huggies* take care dear...heard ur unwell..