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Monthly Motivation: Define Your Dash

Posted on July 02 2018


What will people say about you at your funeral? I know it's not a question you necessarily want to think about. But it's what will define your dash. 

What is Your Dash?

Our "Your Dash" tee is one that gets a lot of questions. Certainly, it's not your average t-shirt. It's inspired by a world-famous poem called "The Dash" by Linda Ellis.

To get the most out of this post, read the short poem here before reading any further.

Essentially, everyone has a common certainty. We are all born on a single day in time and we all die on a single day in time. And whether written in history books or etched into stone, those two dates will remain long after you're gone. But, as Linda Ellis says in her poem, the dash between those dates is what matters.

The dash is your life. And your dash is being defined right now. It's everything you do, everything you say, and everything you are. The only question is, what do you want your dash to say?

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Write Your Own Eulogy

In researching the most effective ways to uncover what's really important to you, I came across a unique exercise shared by Habits for Wellbeing

First, imagine you're at your own funeral. Creepy, right?

Stick with me. Take the time to seriously answer these 10 self-reflection questions, and you'll get a pretty good picture of what's important to your dash.

  1. Who are the people at your funeral?
  2. What are the people there saying about you?
  3. What are you being remembered for?
  4. How did you spend most of your time during your life?
  5. Did you live in line with your own values?
  6. What dreams did you follow?
  7. What opportunities did you pursue?
  8. What contributions did you make?
  9. What did you give?
  10. Did you have any regrets? Is there a phone call you wish you would have made? A feeling you wish you would have expressed?

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Keep Your Dash Top of Mind

Defining your dash is no simple feat. It takes, quite literally, a lifetime. But, the beauty of that is it's never too late to re-align your life with what matters most to you. It's never too late to express what you feel and to be who you want to be.

Hopefully, you now have a better idea of what you want your dash to say. Don't let that idea slip away. Keep the importance of your dash in mind by wearing a Your Dash Tee. It's available in six different colors so you can best express yourself on your path towards defining your dash.

So, what will your dash include? Will you be remembered as a warrior? Or for being humble? Will your dash say you were decisive or more of a dreamer?

Share your #dashgoals in the comments below.

Whatever you want your dash to say, remember to hold the vision and trust the process. Your funeral date is unknown, but your dash is now.

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