the dash poem

by Patricia Ogilvie on March 19, 2012

The Dash PoemGuide to Thrive the dash poem

My momma went into the hospital last night. 

We think it's aspirated pneumonia and with the loving care of the staff in the hospital, some anti-biotic drip, she will recover and be her ole self again!

Normally, I take these hospital emergency stop overs of hers with confidence and hope.

This time, it got me thinking a bit deeper.

Have you read, Linda Ellis's "The Dash"? It's a poem that captures some simple truths about our relationships and life journeys.

The Dash is that little character between the birth date – the death date and if it could speak, would tell a long and incredible tale of the life between those two important years.

I started to think about my own mother's dash – although she is not gone yet, she had a tremendous effect on me, my siblings and all the people around her.

I have a dash.

You have a dash.

Are we respecting it? Are we adding splendor to it? Are we making a difference?  My momma is!

So what is your dash?  Could you explain it in a sentence, paragraph, or would you need volumes and volumes to share what your life has been?

We know, life is too short and we never know how much time we have to spend with the people we love and value in our lives, or even in the activities we enjoy.

Many of us have family and friends living all over the country, or even further, and we can’t always travel to visit the people we love and cherish but we need not lose touch.

When was the last time you cuddled up in a cozy spot and settled in for a great phone conversation?

Or said hello and I value you to someone recently?

This is about being personal.

Working women who caregive, in my opinion, have it worst!  Many times our personal relationships are our greatest support in building and continuing to develop and grow your business. Do we take them for granted or add more value into them?

Have you connected with whom you cherish in your life? Where do you find time for it? Where is the craziest place you’ve had a really great in-person or phone conversation with friends or family?

Here's the poem, "The Dash".

Enjoy and please do share with me your favorite Dash moment on Facebook.  And please do comment below.  Would love to hear your DASH!

Great job today!

Patricia Ogilvie

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Gretchen March 29, 2012 at 4:47 am

Wow Patricia! Thanks for sharing your heart with us. Such a profound moment in time. Thinking of you and your mom.


Carol Giambri March 29, 2012 at 1:32 am

Beautiful poem and the words are great.  Your post is awesome. Thanks for sharing.


Jennifer March 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm

I just love this Patricia.  Thanks for making me think.  That dash is huge and there is so much I want to fill it with!  I so admire what you do for your mom.  I hope I have that same strength and patience should my mom ever require my help.  You are an angel.


Michael McDonald March 24, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I can only strive to leave a lasting dash. If I can simply help another person change their life for the better I have improved my dash. That's really all I can ask for. Cherish the moments you have for the memories will never leave you.


Olga Hermans March 22, 2012 at 3:01 pm

It's so awesome to read how you care for your mother. My mom died when I was 20; I have always missed her. So, when I hear a story or read something about a mother daughter relationship it always blesses me and your dash sure did. Keep up the good and lovely work that you and blessings will come back to you!


Kimberly O'Neil (@JustKimOnline) March 21, 2012 at 11:02 pm

This makes you think a lot more of your purpose. Thanks Patricia.


Susan Myers March 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Patricia, you have a beautiful heart.  This poem and article was very moving to me. 


Lorrie March 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm

This is such a lovely blog post on so many levels: poetic, personal, encouraging. Blessing to you and your dash!


Kim Garst March 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Love your mission, Patricia. Love your heart for your Mom and the commitment you have made to her care. This tells me a lot about you as a person. That is part of your dash for sure. I pray that I leave a dash that has a legacy, not  only in my own family but in other people's families as well. Love this article!


Patricia Ogilvie March 21, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Kim, your words have touched my heart. Thank you for the validation. I get tired sometimes, and I know it will end one day. That in itself, keeps me grounded and moving forward no matter what!

A lot like parents with kids… they grow up and the parent sits back and wonders… hmmm what the heck happened! they’re no little kids anymore -

Well it’s the same with aging parents… hmmm they’re not vibrant, strong role models… they need help!

thank you and thanks to everyone else who commented! love you all! Patricia


Joyce M Washington, CPA March 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

ahhhh… very heavy.  what is my dash?  thanks for sharing this!


Pauline March 21, 2012 at 9:08 am

Profound article, Patricia.  Prayers for your mom and for you today, and in her honor will be thinking very intentionally about that dash, especially among the mundane moments around the house with my own kids. 
Think I'm going to go give 'em all hugs again right now and make sure we spend some time being silly and having fun together today.  :)
Blessings to you all!


Liz March 21, 2012 at 8:40 am

I am trying so hard to make a difference in the dash zone.. My family first and foremost,and the people in my community next! I want to make a difference and hope that I will. Thank you for sharing this!!!


denny hagel March 21, 2012 at 7:30 am

Beautiful article and poem…My intention is that  my dash is spelled L-O-V-E!


Patricia Ogilvie March 21, 2012 at 7:36 am

ahhh Denny – I agree! love!!


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