The Dash

“What will be left of all the fearing and wanting associated with your problematic life situation that every day takes up most of your attention? A dash – one or two inches long, between the date of birth and date of death on your gravestone” – Ekhart Tolle


On any tombstone, you will see two dates; the date of birth and the date of death. All that seperates those dates is a Dash. Just a simple, single line that represents everything that person did from birth to death.

I don’t know how long my Dash of life will be, no one really does. For some, it’s a quick sprint while others have a long, long journey. But, I can have an impact of what that Dash represents on my own tombstone to people that I’ve met along the journey of my life, the people who knew me and shared my life. I can try to understand and feel for other people. I can be accepting of differences. I can keep to my word. I can be quicker to smile and slower to anger. I can show respect and be ready to lend a hand. I can live every day as if it were my last, for every passing day is a day closer to the date after my Dash.