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Our Dash Collection was inspired by the world-famous poem, "The Dash" by Linda Ellis.  Powches is proud to have partnered with Linda to bring you a fantastic collection of Live Your Dash pocket t-shirts - exclusively available at powches.com.
The Author of the Dash - Linda Ellis
Linda Ellis started writing poems as a child, a talen she inherited from her Irish grandmother. She grew up in Florida and then lived in New York for several years. However, her southern roots kept calling her home so she settled in Georgia where she now lives with her family and a menagerie of pets. She spent years working in the corporate world, but after her poems were first shared on a syndicated radio program in 1994, an alternative career began to emerge and she soon came to the realization that her true passion was in creative writing.

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Our Dash Collection was inspired by the world-famous poem, "The Dash" by Linda Ellis.  Powches is proud to have partnered with Linda to bring you a fantastic collection of Live Your Dash pocket t-shirts - exclusively available at powches.com.
The Author of the Dash - Linda Ellis
Linda Ellis started writing poems as a child, a talen she inherited from her Irish grandmother. She grew up in Florida and then lived in New York for several years. However, her southern roots kept calling her home so she settled in Georgia where she now lives with her family and a menagerie of pets. She spent years working in the corporate world, but after her poems were first shared on a syndicated radio program in 1994, an alternative career began to emerge and she soon came to the realization that her true passion was in creative writing.
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The Story Behind "The Dash" Poem

While it still amazes me, a simple poem I wrote one afternoon in 1996 forever changed my life. It all began when I faxed a copy of this poem to a syndicated radio show in Atlanta. The host of this popular show read it on the air. Little did I know how much my life would change from that day forward. Titled simply — The Dash — these 36 lines have touched millions of lives and have literally taken on a life of their own by traveling all over the world. People are always asking me what, in particular, inspired me to write this poem. 

I believe it was a combination of things in my life at the time. It was during a period when I was working for the top executives of a very large and successful corporation. It was a strict company with a tense working environment. I began to notice how the priorities in many lives there had become, what I considered, misaligned. It seemed to me there were far too many worrying far too much about that which was inconsequential in the scope of life. They were putting more emphasis on making a living than making a life. Also, resonating in the back of my mind were the words from a letter which had been previously routed around the office. It had been written by the wife of an employee who was aware that she was dying. I was so moved by that letter that I saved a copy of it and continue to live by her words: “Regrets? I have a few. Too much worrying about finding the right husband and having children, being on time, being late and so on. It didn’t matter. It all works out and it would have worked out without the worries and the tears. 

If I would have known then what I know now. But I did and so do you. We’re all going to die. Stop worrying and start loving and living.” Her words stuck with me. Her letter made me stop and think. This is it. This is all we get. I remember where I was when I first truly realized the significance of the piece that I had written. I was on a business trip in Minnesota, alone in a hotel room. I received an emotional email thanking me for sharing the message of The Dash from a student who had recently heard it as part of a memorial gathering for the Columbine High School students. I sat on the bed and cried. Several years later, I found myself engulfed in the thoughts and feelings created by my own words as I listened to them read aloud, for what seemed like the very first time, at the funeral of my father … my best friend. I wrote this essay exactly one year from that day and never had the words of the poem meant more to me. 

The Dash has truly affected millions. I may not be able to change the world with these words, but I have certainly been able to influence a portion of it. The poem’s words have convinced mothers and fathers to spend more time with their children, comforted loved ones and reunited family members. They have changed attitudes, and changed the direction of lives. They have, in their own way, made a difference. I know writing The Dash has changed my life. I hope reading it in some way, may change yours. 

 Live Your Dash,  ​

 Linda Ellis

Live Your Dash is a registered trademark owned by Linda M. Ellis and is being used by Powches, LLC with her permission.


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