What If… we could just slow down?

This week’s Spin Cycle is about the topic, “What if?”

I liked this poem, because it makes me think about how short life is, and what is really important.


How Do You Live Your 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 her date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years. (1900-1970)
For that dash represents all the time
That she spend 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 others 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?
Author Unknown

9 thoughts on “What If… we could just slow down?

  1. While too often I think that my dash is only going back and forth to work and picking up after people, I try to remember that the most important part of my dash is being a mom to my two kids. That part of the dash makes it all worthwhile for me.

  2. Slowing down is a good thing. I think that living on a ranch in the middle of nowhere has been good at helping me do just that. I am now able to really focus on the important things in life and work more on me. I don’t know how I ever made it in the suburbs of D/FW, Tx

    Great Spin!

  3. I’ve read this poem before, but everytime I read it it has the same effect. I’m a two year cancer survivor and try to stay focused on slowing down and living each moment, each and every day. It is so easy to get caught up n schedules and tasks…

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