Daily Quote: Perspective

“Every hour of every day is an unspeakably perfect miracle.”

~Walt Whitman

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The Dash

Making a Difference with Your Life 

The Dash

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The Story Behind The Dash

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.”
~Pericles

It’s not the date you were born or the date you died that really matters. It’s “the dash” between those years and what you do with it to make a difference with your life. This is the essence of The Dash. Linda Ellis’ famous poem-turned-gift book has touched the hearts of millions.
I’d like to share the story behind The Dash, as told by the author, Linda Ellis. It’s a wonderful story that I think you’ll enjoy.
After you read it, check out the special deal!
Live Inspired,
Michelle Sedas
Excerpted from  The Dash: Making a Difference With Your Life
The Story Behind The Dash

While it still amazes me, a simple poem I wrote one afternoon forever changed my life. It all began when I faxed a copy of this poem to a syndicated radio show in Atlanta. Soon after receiving it, the host of this popular show read it on the air. Little did I know how much my life would change from that day forward. Titled The Dash, these 36 lines have touched millions of lives and have literally taken on a life of their own by traveling all over the world. I call it uncomplicated poetry in a complicated world.
People are always asking me what, in particular, inspired me to write this poem. I believe it was a combination of things in my life at the time. It was during a period when I was working for the top executives of a very large and successful corporation. It was a strict company with a tense working environment.
I began to watch how the priorities in many lives there had become misaligned. It seemed to me that the bosses were worrying far too much about that which was inconsequential in the scope of life. Also, resonating in the back of my mind were the words from a letter which had been previously routed around the office. It had been written by the wife of an employee who was aware that she was dying. I was so moved by that letter that I saved a copy of it and continue to live by her words:
Regrets? I have a few. Too much worrying. I worried about finding the right husband and having children,
being on time, being late and so on. It didn’t matter.
It all works out and it would have worked out without the worries and the tears.
If I would have only known then what I know now. But, I did and so do you. We’re all going to die. Stop worrying and start loving and living. Her words stuck with me. Her letter made me stop and think. This is it. This is all we get.
I remember where I was when I first truly realized the significance of the piece that I had written. I was on a business trip in Minnesota, alone in a hotel room. I received an emotional email thanking me for sharing the message of The Dash from a student who had recently heard it as part of a memorial gathering for the Columbine High School students. I sat on the bed and cried.
Several years later, I found myself engulfed in the thoughts and feelings created by my own words as I listened to them read aloud, for what seemed like the very first time, at the funeral of my father…my best friend.
From being performed in an elementary school play somewhere in the heartland of America to being part of a State Supreme Court Justice’s speech, from being printed in best-selling novels to high school yearbooks, The Dash has truly affected millions. I may not be able to change the world with these words, but I have certainly been able to influence a portion of it! The poem’s words have convinced mothers to spend more time with their children, fathers to spend more time at home, and reunited long-lost loved ones.
The words have changed attitudes, and changed the direction of lives. They have, in their own way, made a difference. I know writing The Dash has changed my life. I hope reading it, in some way, may change yours.
“Live Your Dash”
~Linda Ellis

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Daily Quote: The Meaning of Life

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
~Nelson Henderson

Today’s Quote is in the book:

The Dash

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Daily Quote: Gratitude

When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present…we experience heaven on earth.

~Sara Ban Breathnach

Today’s Inspiration comes from the book:

The Dash

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Dash of Hope

HELLO!
“I’ve learned…” begins each chapter of Linda Ellis’ new book Simple Truths of Life. Within this collection of lessons learned, you’ll discover simple truths about life topics such as first impressions, growing up, forgiveness, and simplicity. As a poet, Linda has a way of turning simple ideas into melodic phrases and lyrical expressions that will leave you wanting more. Along with her beautiful words, this book’s stunning photography will be sure to touch your heart. After taking a moment to read her story below, titled Dash of Hope, I’m sure you’ll be touched by this simple truth of life.

Please pass this along to others so that they, too, can be inspired.

To Your Success,

Eric Harvey
Eric Harvey
Founder and President
WalkTheTalk.com
Questions? 888.822.9255

Simple Truths of Life Simple Truths of Life

by Linda Ellis

From the author of the best selling book, The Dash, Linda Ellis comes through again with a wonderful collection of poems, quotes and stories that remind us of what is important in life.

Please post a comment below and let us know if and how the following story inspires you.

Excerpted from Simple Truths of Life

Dash of Hope

My poem “The Dash” was the subject of a gift book, co-authored by Mac Anderson. The poem is based on that little line on a tombstone, between the dates of birth and death. Ultimately, that dash is a symbol which represents every day we’ve spent alive on earth. Therefore, how you spend your “dash” is all that really matters. Following is an amazing story about someone whose dash truly made a difference…

Recently I heard about a little girl named Hope Stout. After learning more about her life, I couldn’t help but feel it was not by coincidence, nor happenstance, that she had been named “Hope.” It had to be attributed to fate. The compassion and generosity housed in her young heart made a lasting impression on me and countless others, and her legacy of love continues to bless lives every day. Though I never had the opportunity to meet her, I wish I had. It seems as though she was wise beyond her tender years and very, very special. When I tell people her story, I always say, “if this doesn’t inspire you I don’t think there’s much that could…”

Hope was a twelve-year-old girl who was offered a “wish” in early December 2003 by the “Make-A-Wish” Foundation after being informed that she had a rare type of bone cancer. However, when she found out that more than 150 children in her area were waiting for their wishes to be granted, she unselfishly used her wish to ask that those children have their wishes granted. She also asked that it be done by January 16, 2004. Unfortunately, however, the organization informed her that her noble request could not be granted as the funds were simply unavailable. They calculated that they would need to raise more than one million dollars in thirty days in order to grant her wish. Disappointed, but not discouraged, she turned her dismay into an enthusiasm that inspired caring individuals to spearhead fund raising to help grant the wishes of the other children, and eventually hers as well. Newspaper columnists and reporters for radio and TV stations shared the story of this caring young girl who had touched the hearts of so many and as word spread, the community was challenged. Committees were formed and schools, corporations and various organizations assisted in raising money to bring Hope’s dream to fruition.

Though she lost her battle in 2004, knowing that her wish was going to come true, Hope lives on. Her heartfelt efforts were not in vain as they continue to help others, not only physically, but spiritually and emotionally as well. At the initial fundraiser and gathering to celebrate her life, “A Celebration of Hope” on January 16, 2004, the announcement was made that they had indeed received donations totaling more than one million dollars on behalf of Hope Stout. Her wish had been granted!

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Live Your Dash

Hello!
“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.”
~Linda Ellis

It’s hard to imagine that it’s been only a few short years since WalkTheTalk.com announced the release of The Dash book, based on Linda Ellis’ poem The Dash. Over the years, The Dash has continued to grow in popularity. We’ve received emails and letters saying how much The Dash has made an impact. In fact, I was so inspired by The Dash that I read the poem aloud at my grandfather’s funeral. Because of that special moment, this poem will always have a permanent place in my heart.

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to speak with Linda Ellis. When I asked her about recent “Dash” news, she told me she found out that American Idol Winner David Cook has a new tattoo on his arm. It is the entire last stanza of The Dash poem. How wonderful it is that her words are able to comfort others when they need it the most.

Live Inspired,

Michelle Sedas
Host of the Inspired Living Café
Questions? 888.822.9255

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Excerpted from The Dash
The Story Behind The Dash, by Linda Ellis

While it still amazes me, a simple poem I wrote one afternoon forever changed my life. It all began when I faxed a copy of this poem to a syndicated radio show in Atlanta. Soon after receiving it, the host of this popular show read it on the air. Little did I know how much my life would change from that day forward. Titled The Dash, these 36 lines have touched millions of lives and have literally taken on a life of their own by traveling all over the world. I call it uncomplicated poetry in a complicated world, which became the slogan for my Internet poetry company, www.lindaellis.net.

I remember where I was when I first truly realized the significance of the piece that I had written. I was on a business trip in Minnesota, alone in a hotel room. I received an emotional email thanking me for sharing the message of The Dash from a student who had recently heard it as part of a memorial gathering for the Columbine High School students. I sat on the bed and cried.

Several years later, I found myself engulfed in the thoughts and feelings created by my own words as I listened to them read aloud, for what seemed like the very first time, at the funeral of my father…my best friend. I write this closing exactly one year from that day and never have the words of the poem meant more to me.

From being performed in an elementary school play somewhere in the heartland of America to being part of a State Supreme Court Justice’s speech, from being printed in best-selling novels to high school yearbooks, The Dash has truly affected millions. I may not be able to change the world with these words, but I have certainly been able to influence a portion of it! The poem’s words have convinced mothers to spend more time with their children, fathers to spend more time at home, and reunited long-lost loved ones.

The words have changed attitudes, and changed the direction of lives. They have, in their own way, made a difference. I know writing The Dash has changed my life. I hope reading it, in some way, may change yours.

Live Your Dash,
Linda Ellis

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