How Will You Spend Your Dash?

A blogger friend relayed a poem that was read last week at the funeral of the late Senator Dole who left this world after he had completed 98 years on earth.  It is enough for this blog, near the end of the year, to weigh in on considerations of “How Will You Spend Your Dash?”

2021-12-11 Senator Dole

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 the tombstone
From the beginning…to the end

He noted that first came the 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 they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
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 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 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?

2021-12-11 The Dash Matters

14 thoughts on “How Will You Spend Your Dash?

  1. That was such a great poem and post! I’m glad that you used it! More people need to decide how they will spend their “dash”. I can tell that you and Anita have been faithful to the Lord and spending your dash glorifying and following Him! Continue on!


    1. For some of us, we’re too old to change the balance on that formula. 😪
      We can only hope damages we leave behind will be mitigated by The God Who Is, who loves us more than we can understand and forgives ‘recklessly,’ if we repent. And I have. And HE has. What an amazing Father! ❤️

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  2. “It can be written on the tomb of an unrepentant sinner…”Here lies a man who in all his life never worked one hour for God.” – William Gurnall.

    “Pray that thy last days, and last works may be the best; and that when thou comest to die, thou mayest have nothing else to do but die.” – Vavasor Powell.

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  3. Love it! It reminds me of something else I once heard, in particular about someone who had died young, that it matters not that we die before we reach 100. What matters most is, did we fulfill our days with His purpose and calling?

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    1. “Oh, the worst of all tragedies is not to die young, but to live until I am seventy-five and yet not ever truly to have lived.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
      If I recall correctly, he said this just a short time before he was assassinated.

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