The Dash

		      I read of a man who stood to speak
		      at the funeral of his friend.
		      He referred to the dates on her tombstone
		      from the the end.

		      He noted that first came the date of her birth
		      and spoke of the second with tears,
		      but he said that 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 what's real,
		      and always try to understand
		      the way other people feel. 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 actions to rehash...
		      would you be pleased with the things they have to say
		      about how you spent your dash?

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