Welcome to Gratitude Monday. Each Monday stop by & comment on what you are grateful for today. It does not have to be food or exercise related. It can be ANYTHING! If you just want to write a grateful comment & nothing else, that is fine too. Everything goes here.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Let me know what fun or excitement you had & anything you are thankful for today!!!
I am in sort of a weird mood as I write this – a lot of messages to me this past week that made me want to do less of this & as a result, I put off writing my post for today. Guess what??? Thankful I did because sometimes that is fine too. Not only the below got me in this mood but a couple other things that I am not going to write about here. It all added up to just doing this post.
If you recall my Wednesday post from last week, I mentioned that a gym friend passed away suddenly at 56 years old – he was actually a few months younger than me & we always teased about that! I went to his memorial Saturday. His picture is above. Notice on the baseball outfit pic – Funny Jokes Only. He always used to kid about this!
600+ people showed up for Wally’s memorial!!!! I have never been to a wedding, memorial or anything that large – that is how much this man was loved. It was amazing to see the turnout! Wally had been coaching kids in sports for over 20+ years. There were sooooooo many young kids, teens, early 20’s & their parents, his church members, friends, gym friends & more! Really wonderful show of love for him! He really made an impact on people’s lives!!!!
HE HAD THE DASH!!!!!
For my longer term readers, I have written about this poem for years – I LOVE IT! Please read and/or click on the link above & read plus listen to the background music!!! I added the bold in the poem itself.
by Linda Ellis
I read of a man who stood to speak
at the 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 of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered 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 cars….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’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left.
(You could be at “dash midrange.”)
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’ve 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’s being read
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they
say about how you spend your dash?
Really something to think about each & every day!!! Thankful to be alive & walking & doing & wasting time & more….
What would people say about your dash???
So this is why each & every weekend you see pics like this – balance & enjoying life….