‘The Dash’ An Inspirational-Message

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The Dash, is such an Inspirational message, that it will change the way you think about life. Once you read it you wuill never forget it!

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The Dash Gift Book

This Book, with it's Inspirational-Message is an absolute CLASSIC. A gift that will keep on giving!

Linda Ellis wrote her classic poem in one afternoon. It has changed her life as it will change yours.

This book will give the reader a better idea of why we were put on the earth.

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‘The Dash’ has been published many times in magazines, books, newspapers and in company newsletters.

What a great Inspirational-Message for friends, family, customers, co-workers.

Linda is constantly asked, “Where can I get a copy of this Life Changing Poem?”

Well, we are very proud to answer that question.

We at Simple Truths are presenting this great poem in a beautifully designed Gift Book, along with 9 Inspirational chapters from Mac Anderson about what we can do to make a difference with our lives.

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‘The Dash’


I read of a man who stood to speak at a funeral of

A friend. He referred to the dates on her tombstone

From the beginning to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth

And spoke the following date with tears,

But he said what matters most of all

Was the dash between those years.

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.

For it matters not how much we own;

The car, the house, the cash,

What matters is how we live and love

And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard.

Are there things you would like to change?

For you never know how much time is left,

That can still be arranged.

If we could just slow down enough

To consider what’s true and real

And always try to understand

The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,

And show appreciation more,

And love the people in our lives

Like we never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,

And more often wear a smile

Remembering that this special dash

Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read

With your life’s action to rehash,

Would you be proud of the things they say

About how you spent your dash?

By Linda Ellis

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Now Some Of The Things Our Customers Have To Say


Nannie Lentz • Works at Public and Charter ~ Subbing for Elem. Grades Linda: If for no other reason you were born....it was to be the vessel GOD used to write this poem.


Hi Nannie, thank you for those kind words! Hope your son is doing well in Phoenix.

If you'd like to, copy and paste the link below to view a video of The Dash Poem (Read by the Author).

Maybe it could help him a little more than reading the words...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVLqkExH5ww Zachary Elijah Creekmore

Truly Life-Changing I have always believed that life is a journey and like all journeys it is where you go; it is how you get there that is the greater part.

Life is like that. So many people rush and rush, running head long to the destination that they forget to slowdown and enjoy the journey.

It is refreshing to see someone else sees that as well. I don't about others.

But I for one am not about to rush to the destination that all of us are bound to, but am going to enjoy my journey, and at journeys end I will stand before god and say "Well lord the first trip was fun, what's next?"

God Bless, and God Speed.

Jeffrey Smith • Worsham College of Mortuary Science

An Inspirational-Message

As a funeral director and a born again Christian I am reminded of the dash daily and how important it is to live it out.

Keep Christ in the center of that dash you can't go wrong.

Linda Ellis - AUTHOR, SPEAKER, POET Jeffrey, I'm truly touched that you were inspired by the words of my poem, The Dash. Jeffrey, you are so right!

My pastor always preaches at home going services to make sure that "DASH" has a horizontal line drawn thru it.

It is made into a cross in your life to represent Christ in your life! Thank you, Linda Ellis for your Inspirational-Message!

You have a beautiful name! My name is Linda also....smile! God bless you. Isabella Ndwiga • Kmtc nairobi

We are here for a while and then we go to face our make.

What are we done during our time on earth; I pray that God help me to live one day at a time and to live my life to glorify His name.

Melinda McCool Ladner • Director at Blessed Unity

A Life-Changing message!

I was watching this movie and saw your comments and wanted to say I agree with you my sister in Christ!!!! Lisa Feistel • My voice at LisaFaithful

My dash- May my life be a witness of love, kindness and forgiveness to all whose paths I cross.

I pray to be grateful every day for God's grace in my life and to show the same to others.

Anita Breckenridge • Works at Children's Eye Care of Los Gatos love this Lisa.... Mazhar Hussain • Works at Unilever Just gr8 Lisa....An Inspirational-Message for sure. Ron Madia Well said my dear, well said. Kitty Chappell • Texarkana TX

This is one of my favorite poems! Reminds me that the most powerful moment between the past and the future is NOW.

After all, "Today is a gift from God ---- that's why we call it the present."

May each of us begin NOW to love others the way we want to be loved, forgive others the way we wish to be forgiven, and speak the encouraging words of praise and appreciation that we so long to hear.

What better gifts can we give on this special day of Easter celebration?

Sunil Joon • Haryana Agricultural University, Hissar beautiful...... Ramesh Ramnani Very Nice thought! We all must keep this in mind always!

This Inspirational-Message should be in everyone's home. Linda Ellis - AUTHOR, SPEAKER, POET Kitty, I'm replying to these posts to let everyone know I am truly touched that you were inspired by the words of my poem, The Dash.

Cody Cora Scharnhorst Jelsovsky • Spring Valley, California

My mom didn't want the dash on her stone.....she wanted 4 hearts to represent her kids.

Donna Dutton • University of Kentucky love this idea; believe I will use this on mine! thank you!

Nessa Robinson • Case Manager at Home base

I hope and pray that my "dash" going forward, is far, far better than the "dash" I've left behind.

If I've offended you I'm sorry, if I didn’t say I love you enough, please know here and now that I love you very much, to my children, my family, my friends and even those that consider me their enemy I wish for you the love of Christ.

God Bless You!

Donna Mobley-Thomas • Community College of Philadelphia I truly second your comment.

I just had serious brain surgery last week and I often sit very still and the thought comes to me that OMG I'm alive.

I had no idea I was as sick as I was, I just dealt with headaches all day every day.

It was with me for soooooo long that I got use to the pain.

So I say to everyone please take care of your health because no one knows your body like you do and there is no reason to live with pain.

I do know that I've become a different person since this experience and I plan to make the most of it.


George Woods • Newport News High School

As a pastor, I'm reminded of this truth every time I do a funeral.

It's so sad for me when I must witness those who have no hope. Each day in every way we are making memories.

Make your dash count; you only get this one chance!

Krista Moen Moyer • School of Life and Hard Knocks Thanks for sharing this! Joe Foster:

when I watch the dash movie I think about my mom she lived her all for GOD and I can recall that little dash between the dates birth and death

the dash movie is so great I think about a lot of people who right now is with JESUS thank you so much for the dash movie


Cathy DiGeorge-Rushing • Sulphur High School

For all of those who have touched my life, no matter how briefly, no matter how small....

Peggy Limbacher

Amazing and thought provoking.

May we all live so our dash tells of His touch on our life and how He used us to tell others!

Howard Wiedemann • Alcee Fortier Senior High School tried to get you Sunday, probably at church. keep in touch as ever howard and evon Howard Wiedemann • Alcee Fortier Senior High School

very thought provoking and so true. Christine Kelder • Red Deer College/University of Alberta

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference so that my Dash is filled with Your Grace.

Patricia Laberdie This is one of my most precious and used prayers!

The rest of the Serenity Prayer... "Living One Day at a Time; Enjoying One Moment at a Time; Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.

Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is. Not as I would have it;

Trusting that He will make all things right, If I surrender to His will;

That I may be reasonably happy in this life, And supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen." Author: ~ Reinhold Niebuhr ♥

Carole Urbanski

My dash- May this be a life of love, compassion and forgiveness.

May it always be a life of Christ and his teachings, his ways and his direction.

May I always follow the path that God has given me. May I rejoice in hope, may I be patient in pain and persevere in prayer.

Sandy Beverage • Spotsylvania, Virginia

In honor of my sister. She lived her dash to the fullest.

Kay Portmess thinking of you Sandy "The Dash" is absolutely Life-changing. Linda Christianson • Gig Harbor, Washington

Sandy, this is a really beautiful poem and I am sure you must gain comfort from its words BECAUSE of the way your sister lived her life.

I will continue to pray for you.

Stephanie Matlock Jones

Do you ever think about your dash?

Susan Leigh • Top Commenter

I must always remember that life is to short and that I must enjoy every moment because I can never get that moment back.

I must learn to let things happen not try to make them happen all the time.

I must have patience and understanding - the more I post positive messages and share with others the more I become a positive person.

I love the music on all the movies I have been posting.

Gairy Smith • Subscribe • Bauder College, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

the" Dash" in life is the most exciting time in our life and some people don`t take the time to stop and smell the roses,

we should do this more and care more for the people that you run into... have a wonderful day!

Gairy Smith • Volunteer for North Fork Elementary school at Disabled I completely agree with you Gairy! Finally...So, having said that, what are you doing with your "Dash"?!

Pay Heed to this Inspirational-message!! Mariusz Kujawski • Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego Biała Podlaska Yes, good stuff. Josian Sanchez • Pastor General, Sénior at Iglesia Cristiana Casa de Oracion

Life is so short, that's why there is eternity, and so much love must last forever. Love never dies.

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