My regular followers will know I talk often about living a day at a time and making it count. I also encourage kindness and remind people often it is a strength not a weakness.
In life, if we are lucky, special people come into our lives, our paths will cross and unexpectedly we learn so much. I am also personally aware that a dearest friend may not have necessarily been in one’s life a long time for that person to make such a difference and have a positive impact either.
For personal reasons I have been re-visiting some of my favourite poems, one of which was given to me when my mother died ‘How do you live your dash‘ an extract follows:-
‘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 later date with tears
But he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years
For that dash represents all the time 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 still can 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’
So, if you have people in your life that you love, then tell them so today, don’t save the words just for ‘special occasions’ as today is that special occasion!
2 thoughts on “Making it count”
I am definitely guilty of assuming the people I love know that I love them. Thank you for this insightful post. It’s so easy to forget to slow down in today’s rat race and actually take time out to appreciate the ones who have stood by me and challenged me to grow all this while.
I am always pleased when one of my blog rants albeit positive resignates with somebody. We are all a bit guilty of that…but assuming people know can be dangerous and if that person is feeling low hearing somebody cares and appreciates them may be just what they need to hear. Keep smiling and loving.