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A friend's grandfather came to America from Eastern Europe.

After being processed at Ellis Island, he went into a cafeteria in

lower Manhattan to get something to eat. He sat down at an empty table

and waited for someone to take his order. Of course nobody did.

Finally, a woman with a tray full of food sat down opposite him and

informed him how a cafeteria worked.

"Start out at that end," she said. "Just go along the line and pick out

what you want. At the other end they'll tell you how much you have to


"I soon learned that's how everything works in America,"

the grandfather told a friend. "Life's a cafeteria here. You can get

anything you want as long as you are willing to pay the price.

You can even get success, but you'll never get it if you wait for

someone to bring it to you.

You have to get up and get it yourself."


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I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend.   He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the the end.  He noted that first came her date of birth and spoke the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. (1934 -1998) For that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth... And now only those who loved her 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 that this special dash might only last a little while. So, when your eulogy's being read with your life's actions to rehash... Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?

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