Posted by: saramcglothlin | August 9, 2012

Living Your Dash

Hello there!  I hope everyone is having a good week, but if you are anything like me (and human) the weekend can’t come soon enough.  But first, a little bit of inspiration…

I had a breakfast meeting with some executives of my company this morning and I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Although I was planning to go to crossfit this evening (more on that in a bit), I started off my day with a walk to get the nervous energy out of me.   I was starving by the time I got home at 6:00 AM, and I am not one to wait 2.5 hours to eat.  I warmed up a protein pancake for breakfast #1



I apologize for not snapping a picture of breakfast #2, but it ended up being buffet style, and I fixed myself a small plate of fresh fruit, some scrambled eggs, and a little bowl of oatmeal with raisins on top.

I will admit that a lot of what was said during this meeting went straight over my head.  But what was read at the very end tugged at my heart-strings, gave me chills, and remained on my mind the rest of the day.  Given what is going on in the economy right now, the outlook on my industry seems scary.  I think what this poem does is remind us that no matter what happens in the future, near or far, that we should wake up every day with the intention of doing the best we can, with the best attitude we have, and treat everyone graciously and with respect.  I hope this has an impact on you as it did me:

The Dash

by Linda Ellis copyright 1996

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
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?

My friend Kate and I didn’t go back to crossfit tonight.  We ended up cancelling a couple of hours before because when she confessed that it might not be for her, it didn’t take me long before I agreed.  I think I liked the idea of it, however we really weren’t a good match.  Please know that this is my personal opinion, and if crossfit is your jam, by all means, disagree with me and embrace it.  I think I would just rather jump around at BodyStep or “work my seat” at barre class than lift a 50 lb dumbell.  Just sayin’.  I haven’t broken up with crossfit just yet, but tonight we both were not in the mood, so why force it, ya know?

We decided to grab some dinner and drinks instead.  We picked Can Can (mostly for it’s beer selection) and enjoyed a nice evening of just talking about life.

Hardywood Park Singel

Grilled Salmon with Ginger butter, carrot coconut puree, red rice, mango, orange, and yellow tomatoes

As if that wasn’t enough…hey, I swear we have a separate dessert stomach.  Plus, Sweet Frog was right across the street

Original tart, PB, and cake batter yogurt, with choco chips, PB filled pretzels, and pumpkin seed granola.  Are you full just thinking about it?  Me too!

I’m going to go ahead and let this food coma take me to sleep now.  Happy almost Friday!



  1. Love that poem. So cool that the heads of your company read that to you!

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