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Spending your Dash

Corny? Yes!
Inspirational? Yes!
But I liked it!

 Spending your Dash!
By Linda Ellis
 Linda's Lyrics www.lindaslyrics.com

 I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend.
 He referred to the dates on her tombstone

 From the beginning ... to the end.
 He noted that first came her date of birth
 And spoke the following date with tears,
 But he said what mattered most of all
 Was the dash between those years. (1930 - 1998)
 
 For that dash represents all the time
 That 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 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's being read
 With your life's action's to rehash...
 Would you be proud of the things they say
 About how you spent your dash?