May 1, 2009

A dear friend of the family passed away

Cindy ,Karen, and Lavada.

Donice(left), Helen(middle) and Lavada(right)

This was one of the last pictures of Donice that I took. Karen and I were also there and visiting Lavada Eckhardt , along with Helen and Donice (now  deceased) ...It was a lovely day
and one I know we all cherished as much as Lavada did. .

Linda Ellis wrote a lovely poem in the 1990s. In 239 words, she captured the simple truths of why we were put on this earth. These words have been printed in books, newsletters, magazines, and newspapers. In July 2006, a short 3-minute movie was launched on the Internet titled The Dash. Since then, it is estimated that over 40 million people from around the world have watched it; and over 20,000 a day continue to watch it as a result of people passing it along. The movie has been more successful than anyone could have ever imagined. More importantly, it has inspired many people to reflect on their lives and ask that all important question, 'Are my priorities where they should be?' I hope you enjoy this movie and share it with those who are close to you. Click the link below to view.
The following is a poem by Linda Ellis © 1998. Consider the implications for your own life's choices
I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friendHe referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning to the end.
He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of 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 she spent alive on earth...And now only those who loved her know what that little tine 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. (You could be at "dash mid-range")
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's being read with your life's actions to rehash...Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spend your dash??

Sept 8, 2012
May you Rest in Peace Lavada Eckhardt, age 97 yrs.


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