The Dash or If We Could Just Slow Down Enough…

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

12:16 midnight



The Dash

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

3 thoughts on “The Dash or If We Could Just Slow Down Enough…

    • Hello Shantell,

      I just found your comment in my spam folder and had to mark them “not spam” and approve the 74 that were in there!
      I write most of the material on here unless it specifically says, “reblogged from ____” and the blog it was reblogged from. I always give credit where credit is due.
      I am glad you like the things I write.
      You mentioned that it I write great information. Are you Mormon? I lived in Sandy, UT and I knew elders there who were going on their missions.
      What kind of mission is it, can I ask?

      I wish you the best year ever and myself included!

      Paulette Le Pore Motzko
      Writer and Editor of Totally Inspired Mind.

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