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- The Dash -
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Stacey373 - February 10

I found this poem this morning as I was going through some papers and wanted to share it with you all. I like this poem because it reminds me to keep going and to stay positive. Don't let Fibromyalgia define your life, instead, live your life in spite of it!

---The Dash---

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

 

January - February 10

Hi Stacey, thanks for this lovely poem. It is so true. We need to remind ourselves often of what life is really all about. :)

 

canadacalling - February 11

thanks for the poem, if only we could remember that. I think February is a cruel month, so much snow up here in Canada and so darn cold - lots of the white stuff wish it would turn into green - maybe in March it will for St. Patrick's day.

You know some days we have good surprises and nice emails from friends; and a call from a son. This was one of those for me. Yeah! Also, had lunch out at our Recreation Centre - for seniors and it was nice too. Well enough of this nicey nicey. Regards. S.

 

toots2889 - February 11

Stacey,
I loved the poem. It was really good, and so true.

 

Auvonto - February 11

oh I love it. just love it. thanks for sharing that Stacey

 

Stacey373 - February 11

Along with this poem I found a "Mission Statement" that I had to write when I first started school back in 2008. I think it goes along the lines of this poem and reminds me (again) to not give up to this illness and appreciate each day I have....even in the middle of winter, my body aching more and more each day, I'm too tired to open my eyes...and it would be so much easier, some days, to just stay in bed!
So here goes....

I live my life one month, one week, one day at a time. I look forward to tomorrow and have no regrets for yesterday.

I love my family un-conditionally. I respect even those who may not always deserve it and I give without expecting to receive.

I believe in Kharma. It may be naive, but I truly believe if you are a good person and always try to do the right thing - it comes full circle and good things will happen to you.

I try to look at the positive, even in the worst of situations. I embrace the mistakes I make and try to learn from them - always remembering that everything happens for a reason.

Even if I'm having a bad day, I will always remember to smile at each person I pass - they may be having a worse day than me and that small gesture might have made it a little brighter for them.

I will be thankful for all the blessings in my life - whether big or small.

And I will focus on making memories today because I may not have the chance tomorrow.

.....I hope, even if you are having a bad today, that this has brought a smile to your face. I know for me, it's so hard to be positive and appreciative when all you can think about is how much this illness sucks! Some days it's hard to see through the pain we are in....

 

January - February 11

Beautiful. You are a sweetheart.

We all need to remember to cut everybody else a break. (You never really know what someone else is going through.) And we need to cut ourselves a break too.

Thanks for sharing this.

 

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