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Live Your Dash

I was at a funeral recently where one of the eulogists challenged us to “live our dashes.” I had never heard of this phrase, but apparently it is a thing and I cannot stop thinking about it.

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We all have a birth date and, unfortunately, we will also all have a death date. Our dash is all of the dates in between, which is what really matters because the dash signifies the dates we are alive!

Once it’s all said and done, our dash is so short. How can we make the most of it?

I feel like I am constantly scrambling to make everything in life fall perfectly into place – keep the dishes washed, the laundry put away, the dogs groomed, never show up anywhere late, etc., etc., etc….

But, what am I doing to really make a difference in the world? Or, at least in the life of the people around me? I honestly don’t know what my friends and family would say my dash entailed – I hope they could come up with something better than “she was always on time and her dishes were always washed!”

Thinking of death always makes us think more completely about our daily life. It reminds us to do all the things we always wanted to do. It makes us want to live every day as if it were our last.

Hopefully I am not alone in this crazy thought process. Anyone else really moved by this phrase? If so, have you done anything differently in your life?

Deep thoughts on a gorgeous Thursday morning,
Mary

p.s. If you haven’t heard of “The Dash” poem by Linda Ellis, you can read it here
 

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