How do you live your dash? by Linda Ellis


A man stood up to speak at a friend’s funeral and referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning to the end. First he noted her date of birth and a tear fell when he mentioned the date of her demise. ‘But,’ he said, ‘what mattered most of all was the dash between those years (1900 1970.) For that dash represents all the time 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 others feel, and be less quick to anger and show appreciation more; and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before, and 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’s 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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About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

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