There is a poem called, “The Dash”, by Linda Ellis. The dash represents the years between your birth and your death. The dash is your legacy. It seems like such a small, insignificant piece of grammar. But the memories and stories that are represented on that line, well, now that is where the magic lives. At some point in your life, someone has posed the question, “How do you want to be remembered?” They are asking, “What will your dash say?” We stop and ponder and begin stating the legacy we want to leave behind. But how do you measure your success toward that goal, while you are living? How do you know that you are creating your legacy you want?
You measure by watching the reflections of you. Listen to the people that you allow in your life. Are they saying things to you and about you that you want to hear? Are they supportive and care about your total well-being? Do they speak words of affirmation? Are their intentions pure and loving? The thoughts, ideas and actions that you put out the world will come back to you. Are you putting out positive, caring actions? If so, positive, caring actions will be returned to you. We are meant to live happy, joyful lives. The choices we make decide the level of joy we create.
Do you need to create a little joy on your dash? Pick an action and perform it today:
- Volunteer at an animal shelter or food pantry
- Shovel/Rake/Mow for your neighbor
- Offer to run an errand for a friend in need
- Call parents/kids/grandkids and sign how much you love them
- Keep a store of water bottles and bags of wipes, toothpaste/wash for those in need
- Give your smile away freely.
Every day, take responsibility for your dash.