A few years ago Notre Dame went over to Dublin, Ireland to play the Naval Academy in football.
When we were over there, we went to a twelfth-century cemetery. All we saw was a group of dilapidated walls and huge tombstones.
One of our players, Alton Maiden, sat down at this cemetery and wrote a poem.
I’ve seen death staring at me with my own eyes in a way many cannot know.
I’ve seen death take a lot of other people and leave me here below.
I’ve heard many mothers’ cries but death refused to hear.
And in my life I’ve seen a lot of faces filled with many, many tears.
After death has come and gone a tombstone sits for many to see.
It’s not more than a symbol of a person’s memory.
I know the person’s name.
I read the date of birth. Dash. And the date the person passed.
But the more I think about the tombstone, the only important thing is the dash.
Yes, I see the name of the person but that I might forget.
I also read the date of birth and death but even that might not stick.
But thinking about the person I can’t help but think about the dash.
Because that represents a person’s life and that will always last.
So when you begin to charter your life make sure you’re on a positive path.
People may forget your birth and death but always remember:
They’ll never forget your dash.