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Ouija Cat 2002


WORDS TO LIVE BY  

"The Dash"
 Linda Ellis
I read of a reverend who stood to speak at the funeral of his friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning...to the end.

He said that the first was the date of her birth, and spoke of the last 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 - (you could be at "dash mid-range.")

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 is being read with your life's action to rehash,
would you be pleased with what they say about how you spent your dash?



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