THE DASH (1970 – 20??)

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?

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