Seasons are simply transitions. Not only do they pertain to weather but also to life situations, in general.
The wintry season has ended and given rise to Spring, although in certain circles this may seem questionable as remnants of winter have been noticeable with copious amounts of snow and pervasive blasts of cooler air temperatures.
Last month, I experienced my own personal seasonal change when my dad transitioned from this earthly life to his heavenly Home. His death was quite unexpected as he was the epitome of health at 86 years old. An advocate for health and wellness, his passing took everyone by surprise but the realization that we are all on assignment here on this planet puts this Life Journey into perspective. Daddy fulfilled his assignment when God called him Home. The legacy he has left behind are the memories that will be forever etched in my heart.
Questions always arise when experiencing seasons such as this: What's important? What's priority? What is life and what legacy will be left behind? These are questions about which we all should reflect. It's sobering to know that this life is a brief one. As far as statistics go, 1 out of 1 individuals will go through this transitional process. The question is: what will our dash be? Never heard about the Dash? Let me share this poignant poem with you.
1. 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
2. He noted that first came her date of her birth And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all Was the dash between those years
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. If we could just slow down enough To consider what’s true and real
And always try to understand The way other people feel.
7. And be less quick to anger, And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives Like we’ve never loved before.
8. If we treat each other with respect, And more often wear a smile
Remembering that this special dash Might only last a little while.
9. So, when your eulogy is being read With your life’s actions to rehash About how you spent your dash? Would you be proud of the things they say
© Linda Ellis, Inspire Kindness, LLC 1996
Wishing you an introspective, transformational and transitional season.
Michelle, Your Gift Designer