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Have you considered what the line means between the birth and death date?

Recently, I watched an absolutely beautiful short video about a very small punctuation mark and its significance in our lives. [Link Removed] by Linda Ellis and Mac Anderson is motivational, inspirational, thought provoking and a great "a-ha" to get your creative juices going.

Have you ever thought about your life as a dash (-) that exists between your birth date and the date you leave your physical experience on this earth?   The hyphen that is found between these two important dates in your life contains so much more information than can be said in one eulogy. The dash is one size and one size fits all but what you have contained in that single small line is determined by you and you alone.

In that small space of ink is all your dreams, your achievements, your gratitude, your forgiveness, your successes, your dreams, your goals, your passion, your fulfillment, your joy, your peace, and your balance. It links you to the friends you have made, the children you have nurtured, and the people you have touched. It holds the mark you leave behind in this world.

We don't realize how punctuation can affect our lives until it is pointed out to us. It has been said that the period should be used sparingly, when writing our intentions and self-affirmations, as it tends to signify to the universe the finality of that thought – when thoughts are never final but always evolving. The dash or hyphen is not just a pause in written communication or a bridge between thoughts. It can signify all that we are in our physical and spiritual presence.

If you put your life's journey into this perspective you will see that there is no room for regrets, fears, opinions of others, negative energy, and guilt because you want to stack that little line with only the best your life has to offer. There is absolutely no room for spiritual garbage.

So think about this tiny piece of punctuation and reflect on your life so far. Have you filled your dash with everything you have wanted to store there so far? What more can you accomplish or wish to strive for? Set an intention give some thought to your dreams and goals and see how you can branch out further from your comfort zone and grow and evolve into the perfect person you were born to be.

"They say such nice things about people

at their funerals that it makes me sad

to realize that I'm going to miss

mine by just a few days."

~ Garrison Keillor

PS – watch this video, [Link Removed] and see what I mean!!


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    • +1 votes vote up vote up

      Anne E wrote Apr 10, 2011
    • I can’t get the video, but I loved your essay.



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      Denise Richardson wrote Apr 10, 2011
    • Good Morning Tamara and Ladies,
      I have had a copy of this poem since I first found it some years ago and here it is I’ll share it with you all, enjoy!

      The Dash, by Linda M. 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 first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears,
      But he said what mattered most was the dash between those years.
      For the dash represents all the time that she spent alive on Earth...
      And now only those who loved her know what little that 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 while.
      So when your eulogy's being read with your life actions to rehash...
      Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?



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      Mzd3 wrote Apr 11, 2011
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