Written by Paige Dawson Rodriguez on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Over the weekend I attended a memorial service for my Cousin Johnny Moore. He had a wonderful, fulfilling 83+ years, so it was a celebration. On the drive to East Texas my Facebook feed popped up this most appropriate image from SoulSeeds. So fitting.
More fitting than I imagined: Johnny’s stepdaughter read a poem entitled The Dash by Linda Ellis during the service…
The essence: Your life is made of two dates and a dash. Make the most of the dash.
The translation: Your life is made of your date of birth and date of death with a dash between.
The poem is poignant and certainly had me pondering my life, efforts and impact—my dash. On the two hour drive home, I contemplated the dash concept in other contexts:
This small dash encompasses so many moments and days, yet also leaves so much unsaid. The dash is the meaning—or meat—of every endeavor. The dash represents your results and reputation. The concept reminds me to be in the moment and to make the most of every interaction, as they are over in a flash, or in this context…a dash.
To some, the dash may even mean living as if each day is your last day. A quote from Dr. Wayne Dyer summed it up as: “A lot of people say, ‘This is the first day of the rest of my life.’ I prefer to think, ‘This is the last day of my life. And I am going to live it as if I don’t have any more.” Not necessarily in a morbid sense, rather in the sense of making the most of each day—doing something significant or worthwhile for yourself, your business and those around you.
In the workplace, being mindful of the dash (the hours spent in the office each day) is significant when it comes to being both successful and happy. I’ll share three takeaways that I plan to reintroduce in my life with this concept in mind:
Beyond these practices, I’ve found little memory triggers help me stay in the moment. My bathroom counter has a little silver paperweight with the saying, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, goes unnoticed.” The quick reminder helps me start and end my day with an eye toward gratitude, both expressing and receiving.
We never know how long our dash may be, so let’s make our dashes left count.