Taken from “Live Rich & Stay Healthy”
By Kenneth Himmlar, Sr.
I read of a woman who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend.
She referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning… to the end
She noted that first came her date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But she said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between the years?
For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth
And now only those that loved her
Know what that little time 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 is 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 have never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect
And more often wear a smile…
Remember 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?