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Dash Living


My final Lenten read, was Linda Ellis’ Living Your Dash, Make Every Moment Matter. You may know the author because of her amazing poem that went viral years ago, Living Your Dash. In her book, Ms. Ellis reminds us that

A choice is an individual, earnest, conscientious intent to remain on a chosen path. According to March Blochowiak, “You are always only one choice away from changing your life.”

 Some choices are obvious – for a healthier life, eat well and exercise more; or for a more peaceful life, forgive and let go of resentments. Some choices require more thought. Those choices require the RIP model. To live a more full life,

  • Recognize what needs a choice (unrealistic pressures, weaknesses, distances between you and a loved one)
  • Implement the changes needs, the tools required and the thought process changes needed for a less stressed, more full life
  • Proceed with honest self-reflection and conscious effort to take full advantage of living our dash

When we have a question or a doubt, we don’t stop to realize that we often already know the answer to our problem before unburdening our heart and soul to others. What we are really seeking when asking others, is validation. Most solutions are reached far more easily when we view the facts on face value without all the fears, phobias, and justifications added in. Just the facts ma’am.

 Consider your lifetime as a novel –

you, the sole author and creator,

writing and living every chapter

for those to read and cherish, later.

Live your dash!


Cite:  Ellis, L. (2011) Living Your Dash: Make Every Moment Matter. New York: Sterling Ethos Publishing, Inc.



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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