Your Everlasting Timeline

Timeline.jpeg

So I wanted to share this really smart thought about life and death:

“What is the most important part on a person’s tombstone?
The dash!
Why the dash?
Because it represents what a person has done between the date they were born and the date they died!”

We tend to wildly celebrate birthdays.


Also, we perform a remembrance (or memorial) on the date of a person’s death. 


But what is truly the significant part is what the person did during their life–the kind words, the good deeds, the positive influence that they had on people and the world around them. 


A simple dash between the DOB and DOD.


The small things are really the big things. 

No, an elaborate timeline of life events and doings.


Our time on Earth abbreviated, but not trivial at all. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Making a Right, Left, or Straight

When Nothing Goes Right

This was a funny sign to an Ethiopian cafe in downtown Washington, D.C. 


“When Nothing Goes Right, Go Left.”


(and next to it is another sign that says, “Money isn’t everything, but it keeps the kids in touch.”)


So what type of person are you?


When the going gets tough and nothing is going right, where do you go–to the coffee shop, door on the left–or more seriously do you:


– Close your eyes and keep marching forward like a good soldier?


– Get scared off, turn around, and run the other way?


– Take a break or slow down, stopping long enough to figure out what’s wrong, and come up with solutions? 


Maybe you do a little of all three–sort of the Curly Shuffle. 


But aside from faith in G-d (and coffee-drinking), perhaps two really critical traits for success in life are resilence in the face of adversity and your problem-solving skills.


That doesn’t mean that you never plow on or turn back–these are appropriate at times too–but that you know when to turn right, left, or make a straight dash to the goal line. 😉


(Source Photo: Danielle Blumenthal)