“Life is a journey, not a destination.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is definitely about the journey. The journey is where LIFE HAPPENS. No one is born just to die and to not have lived. How many of you agree?
Oh, how many times have I got caught up in paying the bills and doing all the stuff I was supposed to and when I finally looked up, years had passed and nothing had changed. God does not intend for us to live like that! He wants us to enjoy the simple things. Spend time with family. Lay in the park. Play with the kids. Garden. I hate that it took me so long to realize this, but there is no going back now. Life truly is on fast forward….
Several years ago, I ran across a poem called “The Dash”. It is one of those pieces that will stop you in your tracks and make you realize that you are taking life for granted. I want to share it with you in the hopes if you are making the same choice I was, you can change that now.
The Dash by Linda Ellis copyright 1996 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 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?
As she explains, the date you were born and the date you die aren’t what really matters. It’s “the dash” – those years in between and what you do with them – that does.
The dash is where the magic happens!
I encourage you not to waste your “dash”. Make it the best parts of your life!