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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Sunday's Gift - do you like Rap Music?

Tamara tells it like it is . . .

If God were small enough to be understood, He would not be big enough to be worshiped. - Evelyn Underhill

Here's a little poem - I've been thinking about -


I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end

He noted that first came the date of his birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years

For that dash represents all the time
That he spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved him
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not how much we own;
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read
With your life’s actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?

©1996 Linda Ellis

Okay - so lets all go out there today and spend our day wisely.

Happy Birthday Dr. Spock - wikipedia

Benjamin McLane Spock was an American pediatrician whose book Baby and Child Care, published in 1946, is one of the biggest best-sellers of all time. Its revolutionary message to mothers was that "you know more than you think you do."

Spock was the first pediatrician to study psychoanalysis to try to understand children's needs and family dynamics. His ideas about childcare influenced several generations of parents to be more flexible and affectionate with their children, and to treat them as individuals, whereas the previous conventional wisdom had been that child rearing should focus on building discipline, and that, e.g., babies should not be "spoiled" by picking them up when they cried.

In addition to his pediatric work, Spock was an activist in the New Left and anti Vietnam War movements during the 1960's and early 1970's. At the time his books were criticized by Vietnam War supporters for allegedly propagating permissiveness and an expectation of instant gratifications that led young people to join the these movements a charge Spock denied. Spock also won an Olympic gold medal in rowing in 1924 while attending Yale University.


Jojo said...

I missed you at A Classy Flea and I was hoping you would be there! It was really fun and what a nice turnout for a very special event.

Dogmom Diva said...

Hi Sandie, a blessed Sunday to you, what a great post and I always enjoy reading your biographies..good ole Dr. Spock..his baby book was my baby bible when my sons were little. I still remember reading how to insert a thermometer, ICK!
Have a wonderful day my friend!

Stella said...

Going to try and go out there and make my dash count today. It has been raining all week so plan to do some yard work and church in the afternoon. Hope your day is restful. Blessings Stella

ClassyChassy said...

Very thought provoking today. Thanks for the words!

Changes in the wind said...

Love the rap!! and blown away by the little boy...great post.

Susan said...

Loved the rap, Sandie....and all the info on good ol' Dr. Spock. Enjoyed every bit of the post. Thanks! Have a great day, with plenty of dash! Sincerely, Susan

Linda said...

I love that poem and yes makes me think about my 'dash' hope I'm making it count...I'm trying!

That corgi :) said...

I saw that lady's video online just the other day; best and shortest sermon I have heard in awhile! very wise words she had

I am hoping my dash is being lived right; I question some days if it is or some seasons, but I'm trying :)

do something fun today, okay??


JeanMac said...

Terrific words - as always!

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

Enjoyed reading your blog...something else I didn't know about.... willie nelson.I like new info. Trish

Angela said...

Hey Sandie!

Wonderful poem! Hope you are having a great day!


Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Good morning Sandie,
I am running late as usual. Didn't visit into blogland much yesterday. I loved the rap video, I sent it to our youth group leader last week, to show his group of teens.
Dr. Spook, a very interesting man.
Hope you have a great week.

Mollye said...

Hi Sandie, Thanks again for a good post and lots to learn. Yep ole doc spock. I raised three kids before his book was a must have and on the fourth child I realized all I had done was wrong, so I threw the dang book in the trash. Happy week. XXXMollye

FishHawk said...

Whoa, I ran out of breath 4-5 times just listening to that first one!

Mimi said...

I did the eulogy at my Grandpa's funeral and I read that poem, then I dedicated the rest to his DASH!!!!HIS was filled with time spent with his family, show meant the most to him, he spent his energy doing things for us, camping, fishing, rock collecting, showing us and teaching us all about all his collections!!!Treasures for sure!!!!
Thanks for sharing that poem!!
Love it!!!
Have a Blessed week