That period of time between your sunrise and sunset
The phrase “live your dash” comes from one of my favorite poems – The Dash, by Linda Ellis…
I read of a man who stood to speak At the funeral of a friend He referred to the dates on the tombstone From the beginning…to the end He noted that first came the date of 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 they spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved them 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 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?
The Dash calls on us to be mindful that we’re only on this earth for a short while and to live each with passion and purpose while inspiring others. Having lost my beloved mother when I was 5 years old, I learned rather early on that our existence here on earth would be a transient one and to truly take advantage of the time we’re allotted. However, I wonder if we, as a collective, are living our dash as idle onlookers or as active participants, with a sense of urgency to be purposeful in how we live our lives.
“A higher rate of urgency does not imply ever-present panic, anxiety, or fear. It means a state in which complacency is virtually absent”John P. Kotter
It’s been said that “we don’t remember the days, we remember moments.” Being present and in the moment provides some of life’s greatest joys. Remember life is short, make every moment matter.
Each day above ground is a gift from God, a whole new 24 hours to use as we choose. We can squander or relish in the gift, the choice is ours. I choose to make good use of my dash. It’s my goal to not tarry and to not merely exist but to live joie de vivre, living with a ravenous thirst for life using my first name as an acronym…
A ~ Adventurous
L ~ Loving
E ~ Empowering
C ~ Confident
I ~ Inquisitive
A ~ Adaptable
Seize the day, never have regrets!
“Go out and grasp the seconds of the day as if you had only that day to live. Experience and enjoy the moments of your life. We only have one life to live, so live it like a champion.”Jack Canfield, Chicken Soup for the Soul
“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great at whatever they want to do.”Kobe Bryant
Live your dash well. May my capacity to make genuine connections and leave a positive impact on others grow exponentially.