Daily Quote: Perspective

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

~Walt Whitman

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Daily Quote: We Choose…

“We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents, or the country of our birth.
We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time and conditions of our death.
But within this realm of choicelessnness, we do choose how we live.”

~Joseph Epstein

THIS is what The Dash is all about.

From the book: 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.
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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 Hearts We Touch

“It’s not the things we get but the hearts we touch that will determine our success in life.”

~ Mac Anderson

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Daily Quote: Woven Into the Lives of Others

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

Today’s Quote is in the book:

The Dash

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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

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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

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.

~Paul Boese

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Live Your Dash

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“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
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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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