Monthly Inspirational

January 2020 Ministry Column

Holli Trahan-Rowzee


    As we prepare for a New Year of Resolutions to be made, I believe the poem “The Dash” is appropriate to reflect on. The Dash describes what should be important in our lives to include respect to one another, caring about time that we spend with those that we love, and the memories that we have the opportunity to create. This is what will be remembered when we are not walking on earth anymore and others are having the conversations that often begin with, “Do you remember when?” We cannot control what we are challenged to face in our daily lives, but we are in control of how we react to the situations and how we allow them to influence our character. I encourage you to use the Dash as a guide to how to live your life as you begin 2020.


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?



Holli Trahan- Rowzee, Volunteers of America Minister since 2008 and Division Director of Elderly Services.