I have a good friend who is an eye surgeon named “Dr. Margaret” and she gives me special sayings, stories and vignettes that mean the world to her and she likes to pass the kindness my way. I had a little stack of them in my prayer book as a book mark and thought I would share this one with my readers.
I hope you have a very merry Christmas and if you aren’t Christian, then I hope you celebrate your special holiday in your own way with those you love around you.
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
December 25th, 2012
I read of a man who stood to speak
at a funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
from the beginning…to the end.
He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the date between those years.
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 hink about this long and hard…
are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left.
(You could be at “dash at mid range.”)
If We could Just Slow Down Enough
To consider what’s tried 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 actions to rehash…
would you be proud of things they say
about how you spent your dash?
by Linda Ellis