Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Dash Poem

By Linda Ellis

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 the 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.

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 apppreciation 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?


Strategy: a plan of action or policy designed to achieve an overall purpose or intention.

Gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation.

Stratitude: Simply put, an imaginary technique whereby one learns to combine these two in order to adopt, hone and maintain a personal strategy of gratitude.

Leadership Lessons

History in the making... the first ever leadership class "Leadership for Life"
starts on November 30, 2010 at Celina High School.

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson