The Dash Between

You know it really doesn’t matter whether you agree or disagree with me or the statement that I am about to make, because there is a great equalizer that we all will face. That equalizer is death.

The question that so many have not considered preparing for is not what people will say about you, but what will your life and how you lived it honestly and sincerely say about you?

When we get pass the bravado and the ideas of our life comes the living of it.

What someone may read on my tombstone is my name date of birth and death, but the dash in between is what is important. What will your life say about you, when you are no longer here to give an account for it? What will your life say about you when you must be held accountable for how you lived it? For some that question is simply a matter of opinion.

I imagine many will avoid or not want to deal with this question, but if you’ve read it, then it has already been submitted into your life. Whether you address it or not, the words have been presented. How will you deal with them?

We waste far too much time fighting over trivial things.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are not trivial things, but we often trivialize these things when considering what we live for. Now I am not referring to family or people like family to you, but things, perceptions, statuses, positions or situations.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Some have chosen to ignore, avoid, dismiss, criticize or even ridicule this person, but even Jesus made a similar statement when chastising those who said they followed him of not adhering to life’s most persistent and urgent question, in Matthew 25:31-46. He wasn’t talking to those who ridicule, criticize, dismiss, ignore or avoid him, but to those who followed him.

What are you doing for others? This is the dash in between life and death, regardless of what you may believe or who you choose to follow.

When you see how some people live, you wonder why they even have funerals.

Oh Tim, why would you say that. Well because of all that they did in their life was for them and about them. When the question remains unclear, “What did they do for others?” that dash (-) might need to be changed to a tilde (~) instead.

If this is my last day, what can they say about me?

Did I set a standard that others can or should be followed?

What did my life advocate?

Was I down for the cause or sat down on the sidelines just because?

Who did I consider?

If you have difficulties expressing the answers to these questions, then you like all of us have work to do.

We have work to do, because we can not live in fear and cynicism. We must walk the journey of our lives with faith, courage and optimism that the song our heart may sing doesn’t have to be in sorrow, but with the understanding that it’s not just a song. You, me, we shall overcome. Someday is today. Stop procrastinating.

I have say this to myself as well as those who may read this. Make the time you have mean something.

When you’re feeling down, people do not understand you or your mission, when they give you a negative/bad report, you’re not feeling well and your are tired and it seems that you have no one to cheer you up, encourage yourself. Ask yourself life’s most persistent questions and see what you come up with.

The issues of life sometimes has a way of silencing our spirit, but no one can truly question a beautiful soul. Life your life. Make that dash long, deep and worth while. Consider what could be.