Saturday, July 10, 2010

Between the Dates a Eulogy

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 the end.

He noted that 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.

(1934 - 1998)

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 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's being  read:
With your life's actions to rehash,
Would you be proud of the things they say,-
About how you spent your dash?

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1 comment:

  1. Oh this is so true. We have to make the most of the time in between. Thanks for sharing... Hugs Carrie