Beginnings & Endings

“Flames to dust
Lovers to friends
Why do all good things come to an end?” – N. Fertado

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Good or bad, there are beginnings and endings. Some of us cope easier than others with them and that can usually depend on how many times we have been left before. I think if we would focus more on the new beginnings, the endings wouldn’t seem like such a bad thing, most of the time.

And with life here on earth, from the time we are born to the time we pass over, it is more so about that time between those 2 points. I read a poem years ago with regards and want to share with you.

The Dash – by Linda Ellis

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 her date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears, 1964-1994
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”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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