At the funeral of a friend.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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If we could just slow down enough To consider what's true and real, And always try to understand The way other people feel.

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And be less quick to anger, And show appreciation more And love the people in our lives Like we've never loved before.

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If we treat each other with respect, And more often wear a smile Remembering that this special dash Might only last a little while.

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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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'The Dash,' one of America's most inspirational and profound poems ever to be written. Linda Ellis wrote the poem and it's traveled the globe and become an icon unto itself. When Linda Ellis wrote her poem, The Dash, in one afternoon 11 years ago, it would change her life forever. In 239 words, she captured the "Simple Truths" of why we were put on this earth.