BY: Linda Ellis
A story from The Dash…Making A Difference with Your Life
I recently had dinner with someone who told me that one of his best friends had been killed in a private plane crash, and something happened at the service that he'll never forget. He shared the story with me.
At the memorial service, his friend's wife walked to the podium to speak to the gathering. She said a friend had asked her the best memory she had of their life together. At the moment, she had been too grief-stricken to answer, but she had thought about it since and wanted to answer the question.
They were in their late forties when he died, and she began talking about a time in their life almost twenty years earlier. She had quit her job to obtain her master's degree, and her husband never wavered in his support.
He held down his own job and also did the cooking, cleaning, and other household chores while she studied for her degree.
One time they both stayed up all night. She was finishing her thesis, and he was preparing for an important business meeting. That morning, she walked out on their loft, looked at him over the railing, and just thought about how much she loved him. She knew how important this meeting was to his career, and she was feeling guilty that she didn't even have time to make his breakfast. He grabbed his briefcase and hurried out. She heard the garage door open and close, but much to her surprise, she heard it open again about thirty seconds later. From above, she watched her husband dash into the house and walk over to the neglected coffee table. Tracing his finger through the dust, he wrote the words, "I love you." Then he raced back to his car.
The new widow then looked out at her audience and said, "John and I had a wonderful life together. We have been around the world several times, we've had everything money can buy...but nothing comes close to that moment."
Our Dash moves with lightning speed. It feels like yesterday that I graduated from college...and now thirty-eight years have passed. Although I'm very proud of my business accomplishments, in the end my life comes back to loving and being loved.
"Love may not make the world go around but it sure makes the ride worthwhile."
"The Dash" poem, by Linda Ellis captures the “Simple Truths” of why we were put on this earth. How we spend our dash is up to us – Mac Anderson writes 9 chapters to help you reflect on your dash, and what you can do to make a difference.