Will Your “-” Matter?

Whether you call it a hyphen or a dash, will yours matter to anyone? Will anybody remember your hyphen? Will anyone care about your dash?

What hyphen am I talking about? The only thing that will ever mean anything to anyone concerning you is your hyphen. Your entire existence will be reduced to just a hyphen one day. No matter how long you live, no matter whether you were a good person or a bad seed. All that you have ever done when you die will be reduce to a hyphen. It will be on your tombstone. The day you were born and the day you die.

Everything else that you were able to accomplish in your existence here on earth will be condensed between those two dates in the form of a hyphen. What if anything will your – matter? Do you care? What will be your legacy and what would you like it to be? All that is you, all that you feel is so important will be trivialized in the form of a hyphen.

Let’s examine the hyphen of some prominent people.

Adolf Hitler (mass murderer, bigot)
April 20, 1889 April 30, 1945

Michael Jackson (entertainer, singer-dancer)
August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009

Jesus Christ (rabbi, messiah)
0 B.C. – 0 A.D. or 4 B.C. – 33 A.D.

Marilyn Monroe (entertainer, actress)
June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962

Mary Ann Cotton (serial killer)
October 1832 – 24 March 1873

Bruce Lee (actor, martial arts expert)
November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973

You (work in progress)
Your birthdate – ?

It’s your hyphen. What are you going to do with it or perhaps just as important, what have you done thus far? I can guarantee the sun will rise tomorrow, however I cannot guarantee you will rise with it. Make the most of your life and try to do so by helping others.

Make sure to stop back on January 2, 2010 for our first guest blogger, Chris Ferrell from Nerds of the Round Table.


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  1. #1 by Jack Houdini on December 27, 2009 - 4:22 AM

    The all important hyphen. I just hope people remember the good things about me but in an honest way. I understand the reasoning but I hate when ministers go out of there way to say nice things about a person and say that they are in a better place. What if they weren’t a nice person and now not in a better place?

    Thought provoking post anyway. Congrats on your marriage. I hope you and April will be happy together for a long time.

  2. #2 by sugaryichigo on December 26, 2009 - 6:44 AM

    Made me think about death a few years too early there Tom. :)

    John’s comment made me remember something I read a couple of years ago. I’d rather people remember me than to never forget who I am for surely, surely there is a difference between the inability to forget and the will to remember. Don’t you agree?

  3. #3 by johnonline on December 24, 2009 - 12:10 AM

    i got a question for you… which one will you choose- be hatefully remembered or be forgotten?

    • #4 by Tom Baker on December 25, 2009 - 2:09 AM

      After much thought, I think forgotten would be best for me. How about you John?

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