Death has touched my life in profound ways recently.
It has caused me to pause and to think about life in a different way.
I heard a poem* read at one of the funerals I attended.
It expressed what I have been thinking about in relatable terms:
“…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 of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.
…For it matters not, how much we own, the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we lived and loved,
and how we spend our dash.”
It got me thinking.
Am I living in such a way, that at the end of my life…
I will be proud of how I spent my dash?
I thought about how I spend my days…
I’m a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a Life And Weight Coach, a daughter of God.
I have many roles, responsibilities, values, goals, and dreams.
I think deliberately about balance, and finances, and my children, and the world.
Am I living each day of my dash,
The way I want to look back and have lived?
My answer was…
I’m doing well…
But there’s always room for improvement:)
I want to always live to improve.
I want to follow, love, and represent my Savior with joy.
I want to love my kids with all my heart.
I want to have a strong, loving, conscious relationship with my husband.
I want to care for my body so it can carry me to a ripe old age:)
I want to be disciplined with my schedule so that I can have the freedom to spend quality time on the things that matter to me.
I want to help as many people as I can.
I want to be authentic and honest in how I show up as a human.
I want to be accountable and responsible for my thoughts and feelings and therefore my experience of my life.
If at the end of my earthly life,
I can say I did these things…
I will have lived that dash to it’s fullest.
What can you do NOW
So at the end of your life,
You can be proud of how you lived your dash?
It all begins with a thought.
*The Dash, by Linda Ellis