Making the most of my "Dash"

It Starts…

“It Starts…”

I so love that line spoken by Timon in “The Lion King”.  So much said in only two words.

I actually started this blog in October of 2010.  I made two posts (deleted yesterday) and stopped.  I have this CDO (OCD, but put in alphabetical order of course!) thing about doing everything in Chronological Order.  Chronological Order is so important to me that I actually have to capitalize the phrase.  I have this obsessive need to start at the beginning to explain how I got to where I am now.  “Wait, what?! Explain?  To whom?!” Yeah, exactly! I do have this aggravating tendency to feel the need to explaaaaaaaain all of my actions to everyone, and over the past year it dawned on me that I don’t!

You see, I started this blog as “Becoming Me” and my journey to figure out who and how I got to being what I am.  While that might seem like a really great introspective exercise, I discovered that I am who I am.  There’s some real brilliance there, huh?  Seriously though, to put it in a nutshell: I went through a lot of crap to get to where I am today.  I don’t want to go through all that again by writing it out.  Been there, done that in REAL TIME.

So with all that in mind, I discovered a quote today that completely excited me.  It is really and truly the best quote I have come across in quite some time.


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There’ll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will read ’em but all that’s gonna matter is that little dash between ’em.  ~Kevin Welch

It may seem morbid for me to be discussing tombstones and dates thereon, but that middle part… The DASH!! part… WOW!  What an opportunity I have to make it GREAT and do it starting now!

Having said that, for those of you interested in keeping a wandering (or perhaps maybe bored?!) eye in this general blogging direction, I’m going to try to post something every day.  We’ll see how that goes.  I might warn you now, in case you didn’t notice, I have a proclivity for over-using commas and ellipses.   It’s a thing, but obviously not a CDO thing.  I’m also new to this blogging thing, so for now I’m off to play around with the page and figure out all the many (nifty? confusing? useless?) gadgets and widgets and such…

Go live your dash!


Comments on: "It Starts…" (4)

  1. Often it is hard to know what to say to the family who has just lost a loved one that you have also known and was dear to you. I ran across the “dash” poem or quote a few years ago and have used it more than once in a condolence/sympathy card by including reference to the dash and what that person meant to me between the two dates represented. It usually required a letter included rather than having enough space on the card. Sometimes I had known the person only a few years of that stretch of time but in all cases where I referenced the “dash” there was one or more items I could include about that person that meant something to me. In all cases I got a phone call saying how much it meant to those left behind. I just thought I would mention my experience in using it———there is more about it on line if you google the “dash” or the named author.
    Gary Jones

    • I have always had the most difficult time with condolences. I hadn’t even taken the time to consider how apropos and meaningful it is to use this in condolences. I will go google more about it now. I was just so caught up in the fact that sometimes we (meaning me!) get caught up in just going through life that I forget to appreciate and make the most of the “dash”.

      Thank you for the wonderful thought, Gary! I appreciate it!


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