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2002-01-13 19:02:16 (UTC)

every once in a while...

i feel the need to share this with others ... i read it
almost everyday ... it's written in the front of my non-
online journal ... the first time i read it (years ago) it
changed the rest of my life forever ....

... and ... sometimes i just feel that we all need a bit of
reminding ...

The Dash

I read of a reverend who stood to speak
at the funeral of his friend.
He refered to the dates on her tombstone
from the beginning...to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represented 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.
(You could be at "dash mid-range").

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 you eulogy is being read
with your life's actions to rehash...
Would you be pleased with the things they say
about how you spent your dash?

Author Unknown

Brightest blessings A/all ...

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