A little over a decade ago, Linda Ellis wrote a simple poem entitled "The Dash". If you go to any cemetery, you will see gravestone after gravestone with two dates separated by a dash. Some will have epitaphs. Others will state relationships. The poem's focus is on what has happened in between. Were people touched by that individual in a special way. Mike + The Mechanics recorded a song called "The Living Years" in the late 1980s which reflects some of the same sentiment. It is too late to say "Thank you," or "I love you," or many other things once the other person has died, or if YOU die before saying something.
A book based on the poem has been published by Simple Truths and is well worth reading...and giving. People will not remember the day you were born, and may not remember the day you die. They will remember what you did when you were living the dash. Take some time today to thank someone or write them a note as to how that person has impacted your life. You may never know how much it could mean. The quote on the back of the book is from Joseph Epstein who once said,"We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents, or the country of our birth. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time and conditions of our death. But within this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we live." This is what The Dash is all about. What's in YOUR Dash?