Have you ever thought about the tiny dash that separates a person’s date of birth from their date of death on their tombstone (or on your own tombstone, for that matter)? This simple mark represents the story of your life, and the impact you had on the world during your time here.
At an event hosted by Alex Mandossian a few years ago where he talked about “the dash”, I realized that your dash should be more than just a symbol of time passed. It should be a testament to the life you lived and the difference you made.
Looking at tombstones in a different light, I realized that I want my own dash to mean something. I want to live a life that matters, not just to me but to others as well. This is not just a goal for business owners, but for anyone who wants to make a positive impact on the world.
Here are some tips to help you make your dash count.
- Find your purpose.
What motivates you? What makes you come alive? Identifying your purpose will help guide you towards the activities, people, and causes that matter most to you. Your purpose doesn’t have to be grand or world-changing, but it should be something that you are passionate about and can make a difference in.
- Prioritize relationships.
Your relationships with loved ones and friends are what give your life meaning. Cultivate these connections by showing up for the people who matter to you, and being a good listener. Remember that the quality of your relationships is more important than the quantity.
- Give back.
One of the best ways to make a difference in the world is by giving back. Whether it’s volunteering, donating to a cause you care about, or simply helping a neighbor in need, your actions can have a profound impact on others.
- Live in the moment.
It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of daily life and forget to stop and enjoy the present moment. Practice mindfulness and savor the little things in life, like the sun shining on your face or the sound of birds chirping. By living in the moment, you’ll create memories that will last a lifetime.
- Take care of yourself.
Taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally is essential for a fulfilling life. This includes getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising regularly, as well as taking time for self-care activities that bring you joy and relaxation.
In conclusion, your dash on your tombstone represents more than just the time you spent on earth. It’s a symbol of the life you lived and the impact you had on the world. By living a purpose-driven life, prioritizing relationships, giving back, living in the moment, and taking care of yourself, you can make your dash mean something. Your life is precious, and you have the power to shape it into something that truly matters.