Senator Dole passed away this past Sunday at 98 years old. After my grandchildren left this morning, I watched the live funeral service for Senator Dole at the National Cathedral as so many people had great things to say about his life and influence. His family loved him greatly as did the people in his home state of Kansas. As a Senator and a Presidential candidate, many people across the nation remember Senator Dole well and especially his service in the military. He was responsible for constructing the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. Additionally, he encouraged others to influence lives around them as well. As I watched this, I wondered, what would they(people) say about me? That is, people who knew me during my life.
What A Few People Said About Sen.Dole
I heard our current President, Joe Biden speak. He worked with Bob Dole for over 30 years. President Biden stated that he and Senator Dole disagreed at times but they were not disagreeable. I will elaborate on this later! Dole’s daughter Robin spoke as well. A woman named Sheila Burke even read a poem describing how Senator Dole spent his “Dash.” Here is this poem that we can all consider in our life. I think it is really good! It made me think of how I spend my time.
The Influence Of Senator Robert Dole, What Can We Learn Today?
I like a comment made by Senator Dole. “We have to make a deliberate choice as Americans and that is we must not do it divided. I currently see SO much division in America. Even in the past several weeks, we have court cases where people are not telling the truth and there is SO much hate! This hate causes division. There is no reason for this. I’m really concerned about this because we can love regardless! When I mentioned in the past paragraph that President Biden and Senator Dole disagreed but were not disagreeable, I don’t see this currently. Maybe they were in the past, but people in general now, seem to not handle simply disagreeing with a person. This includes current politicians. If they don’t agree, the other person or party is hated! It is a “my way or the highway” type of culture right now. It isn’t even about only getting their way though, people are literally ready to go fight and kill other Americans, not overseas enemies.
What Will They Say If We Don’t Protect Them?
Did you know that Socialism and Marxism is really a slap in the face for those who served or currently serve to save previous generations, current and future generations. Soldiers fought hard to protect our nation! We are telling them by actions that their hard work and passion for our country, meant nothing. What will they tell their children someday? How do you want your family and country to remember you? What do you want for your children? Consider protection for your family and community. Do you not want them protected? Certain organizations including state politicians want to defund our police and tell us not to believe the police. The objective truth, to many people no longer exists. Truth really is truth, not just what our own individual subjective opinion is.
The Dash 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 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 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 can still be rearranged.
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 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 spent YOUR dash?
At The End Of Your Life, What Would They Say?
Did I influence well? Do you impact other’s lives? Is Christ real to me such that I show Him to other people? Maybe this is something that you can think about too. How do you spend your life, and do you love regardless of who it is? I really try my best to have an influence on the world in my writing. I hope that my readers are blessed and challenged to stand strong in the midst of a tough culture. Therefore, Stand strong in your faith and your belief to influence culture for change when you see something that is wrong. This division must stop. Again, consider future generations and your influence in this world now and how will you be remembered! What would they say? How did you spend your “dash?”
I realized that many of us spend our lives in the pursuit of material pleasures and possessions. Real happiness comes from spending time with loved ones, fulfilling our dreams, making efforts to put a smile on the faces of others, experiencing new things, and helping those in need. Real happiness follows when we recognize the things that should matter the most in life. A lot has been said about this poem. And we can derive many meanings from The Dash. Let’s take a moment to analyze the poem so we can understand it better.
I’m so glad Mary!!! I’m sure that you will think well about your dash and make your life count! I find that in writing, we have a huge opportunity to give to others and use our dash in a great way!!! When we let our light shine for Jesus around the world, we have a great opportunity
Loved the poem. What will our “dash” say about us? Interesting thought.
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Rebecca, Thanx for your thoughtful blog about the good Senator Dole from my home state of Kansas, where I grew up. I love The Dash Poem and since it was used at Senator Dole’s funeral, ‘borrowed’ it for my blog today. It just felt so appropriate as we approach the end of the year to weigh in on what our “dashes” will be like when they are over. Almost makes me wonder if the Senator didn’t plan his departure with Father 😉, so that even in his death, he would call Americans to consider something higher than their own personal convenience.
Oh, so glad that you will use The Dash poem too! This message needs spread to many people to live a life that really counts!!!