Gratitude Monday & That Dash


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!!!!


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.

The Dash 
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….

Photo: #NoGuilt #NoFilter #cookie #cookielover #Ilovecookies #BalanceInLife #eatmorecookies #EnjoytheSmallThings #happiness #BeingPresent #ffcheckin #myffmeal #treats #Ideserveit Photo: #ThoughtforEve & this says it all: #BalanceInLife :)  Took me years to understand the need for this not only in food but rest days, exercise & more. Hope you all have #balance!! #Life #CherishTheJourney #EnjoytheSmallThingsthatBecometheBigThings #cookies #cookiesmakemehappy #cookiesmakemehappy #Ilovecookies #eatmorecookies #fitfluential #FFCheckin #happy #relaxing 



  1. Jody, I am so grateful for this post today and reading “The Dash” is exteremly relevant for me this week. My 17yr. old sister passed away twelve years ago this week, August 7. Her Dash was beautiful!!! I will share this poem with my Parents and Sister on Thursday…….


    1. HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGS Tess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. I’m so sorry about your friend. How incredibly young and yes, what a short dash. But clearly he left his mark on this world. Thanks for sharing the poem.


    1. Thank you Amanda! That Dash poem is so amazing!


  3. Thanks for the post, the poem and the picture / story about Wally. I am sorry you lost a friend. What a great person! I am grateful for my family and friends. I have a lot of weaknesses, but they love and support me anyway. That’s very generous of them. I hope that I can do better to support others.


    1. Karen, a beautiful comment – thank you!!!! Love is when they support us no matter what! 🙂


    1. Erin, thank you & always good to be happy with our dash!


    1. Debbie, I have no doubt that your dash will be long remembered!!!!


  4. Wonderful poem. I’m going to miss him. Obviously, Wally’s dash was full.


    1. Thx for stopping by to comment Andy!!! Yes, we all had many years together! His dash was definitely full!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Still trying to figure it out that business card….


  5. I’m grateful the cookie monster can go back into his hole, not that you reign supreme as The Cookie Queen!

    My eulogy…? Well, my dog can’t speak so I’m not sure what he’ll say…



    1. Roy, 🙂

      You are too funny!!!! I know plenty of people will speak of your dash!!!!


  6. I LOVE that poem – I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before!!! Going to remember it for sure!!
    Hope your week is awesome!!!


    1. Kim, I love that poem!!!!!!!! Have a great one to Kim!!!!


  7. Your friends sounds like a lovely man for all that he did for others, 600 people at his funeral is a testament to that.

    As for me, I’m grateful to have good health and have had a good day at work.. for a Monday.. I was productive.


    1. Thank you!!! Sounds like a good Monday for you!


  8. What a beautiful and though-provoking poem. So sorry about your friend. Sounds like he made the very best of his dash.


    1. Thx Marcia!!!!! He had a great dash!


    1. YOU ARE!!!! You have an amazing dash!


  9. It’s so sad to hear about the passing of someone so young! 🙁 I have had a lot of close friends pass away, but it only makes me appreciate them more, and appreciate everything I have that much more too! 🙂


    1. Hugs GiGi!!!!! It does make us appreciate!


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