Thursday, March 14, 2013

how you spent your dash

Hello dear friends!

are you still here?!
it's been awhile, i know, i know. 

I've been a little bit all over the place lately- moving, leaving my job, sorting some things out so i've just felt..quiet. not sure what i want to share, or write, or even if it's worth anything. i'm on a self imposed blog hiatus but i just read something that i needed to share. 

while wide awake at 5:30 in the morning i decided to do a little catch up of my favorite blogs and read this post from Taylor over at The Daily Tay

grab tissues before you read it. seriously.

which led me to the blog of this mother and her beautiful family, dealing with a loss while celebrating a new life, and I literally could not stop reading. Their story has touched my heart, as I'm sure it does for anyone who learns about their story.

In one post, the mother (whose name I cannot figure out, so I apologize for not referring to her by name) shares this poem, which I am sharing with all of you out there. It's beautiful, it rings so very true and puts so very much into perspective.
 I hope it touches your hearts, as it did mine on this morning, during a time where I find myself struggling with things big & small, and mostly wondering exactly how i fit into this world.


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”


with a heart full of hope & a mind full of dreams

xo