Two dates and the meaning of line
"YOUR LIFE IS MADE OF TWO DATES AND A DASH. MAKE THE MOST OF THE DASH"
The dash is life's simple summation, as the curtain draws in finality. The dash is the descriptor of events, both large and miniscule, defining the worth of your existence. One small black line is the jury on which balance hangs, but we are the artists that draw the portrait of our true character.
They say, "no one escapes alive". This is a truism for sure, but they fail to place the warning label smack dab in the middle to illustrate the bumpy road we must travel before destination's end. Many times we are left bruised and bloody from the excursion. But more often, if we allow it, we are presented with euphoria, romance, kinship, and joy. The journey is a photo "selfie", unique unto the adventurer, with no two paths alike.
We leave behind a trail of fibers that extend far beyond our understanding of their importance. The threads that unite us to others stretch and blossom in infinite ways. Like a vine that flourishes or a weed that suffocates, our legacy is written on the lined ebony dash of time. Tote the sword in grace and carry high the banner as we dance on the mythical dash of our lives. The story that we write has the potential to impact the lives of the people left behind for a very long time. Write well and write often.
The mystery that accompanies our story is the ending date. We are not foreseers of the future, but makers of the present. One kindness completed creates a thousand ripples in the pond. Our creation, whatever it may be, is represented by the storytellers that we have touched. We will be remembered for the amount of love, laughter, and joy that we have shared within the time we were allotted. The beginning and ending dates bear little significance to the credence of our existence when measured against the hearts we impassioned along the way. Pebbles encountered on the path may give rise to injury or may be the steps for us to rise upon.
Lori A. Grawitch August 12, 1961 - ?
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