This Minute is meant for Boy Scouts.
On any tombstone you will see two dates - the date of birth and the date of death. All that separates those two dates is a Dash. Just a simple, single line that represents everything that person did from birth to death.
I don't know how long my Dash of life will be, no one really does. For some, its a quick sprint while others have a long, long journey. But, I can have an impact of what that Dash represents on my own tombstone to people that met me and knew me. I can try to understand and feel for other people. I can be quicker to smile and slower to anger. I can show respect and be ready to lend a hand. I can try to live according to Oaths I've memorized.
When I die, as every one of us eventually will, that Dash will mean something to everyone that knew me. Do what you can to make your Dash meaningful. Or, as a poet said,
"It matters not how much we own,
the cars, the house, the cash :
What matters most is how we live
and how we spend our dash."
There is a poem with these sentiments called "The Dash" at LindasLyrics.com