25 December 2008

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you all a VERY happy holiday season!

Yeah, I just sent a holiday message from myself and a CHAIR - that's right! And if I can manage this, do the world - and yourselves - a favor & try taking one of these notions for a spin...

1) Try to make something instead of buying, Buying, BUYING. It may be dorky, but even dorkhood is more memorable than store-bought!

2) Try and donate your time to people in need-even if it's but one hour...

3) If you can't donate your time, try donating some things to a local charity...

4) Try and remember the things for which you are grateful, no matter how your situation might seem, presently...

I recently went to a wake where this poem was read:

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 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,
That can still be rearranged.

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 is being read,
With your life’s actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?


Thanks for all you do!
Live your values. Love your country.
And, remember: TOGETHER, We can make a DIFFERENCE!

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