Live Your Dash

The Offiical Site of the Famous Poem

The Dash

the poem by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning… to the end.

He noted that first came the date of 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 they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them 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 still can be rearranged.

To 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 lived your dash?


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Live Your Dash is an inspirational reminder that it’s not about the number of years we spend on this earth, it’s about how we live those years that truly matters. It comes from one of the most popular poems in the world – The Dash, by Linda Ellis , a poem about life and living for today and for this moment.

What Does Live Your Dash Mean?

To “live your Dash” means to boldly live a life that impassions you while positively impacting your family, friends, community and even strangers. Your Dash need not be perfect; it’s an ongoing journey to living a life filled with joy and intention, and it looks different for everyone. 

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Our mission is to inspire you to live each day with purpose and passion while inspiring others to do the same. To support this, we have created a full line of Dash products including jewelry, books, home décor, and framed prints to use as personal reminders for yourself and loved ones to live your dash. 

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If you are a funeral home or celebrant and are interested in learning about exciting partner opportunities with The Dash, please contact Heather Wayt at 630-793-5030 or email

Now more than ever, our world needs more kindness, compassion, and people who are willing to make a difference, both big and small.