I read of a reverend who stood to speak at a funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone from beginning...to end.
He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said that 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 the 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 midrange").
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 actions to rehash....
would you be pleased with the things they say about how you spent your dash?
If you planted Hope today
In any hopeless heart,
If someone's burden was lighter
Because you did your part,
If you caused a laugh
That chased some tears away,
If tonight your name is named
When someone kneels to pray,
Then your day has been well spent.
ALWAYS HAVE FAITH IN YOURSELF
It is not easy to live life sometimes
And face the world with a smile when you're crying inside.
It takes a lot of courage to reach down inside yourself,
Hold on to that strength that's still there,
And know that tomorrow is a new day-with new possibilities.
But if you can just hold on long enough to see this through,
You'll come out a new person-stronger,
With more understanding and with a new pride in yourself
From knowing you made it.