The Dash

‘A dash is a little horizontal line that floats in the middle of a line of text (not at the bottom: that’s an underscore). It’s longer than a hyphen and is commonly used to indicate a range or a pause. Dashes are used to separate groups of words, not to separate parts of words like a hyphen does.’

But what about The Dash?

I can remember where I was when I first heard the story about The Dash – the period of your life between birth and death – so often a feature of gravestones. At a meeting of CEO’s, a guy shared about his dash and how he had sailed round the world with a group of adventurers. It was quite a dramatic story and certainly, for him, a significant part of his story – his dash.

We may not do something quite so dangerous but I do think it’s good to think about the dash – whether it’s a life time or for a certain length of time.

As we start a new year I am thinking about the dash between Sept 1st 2020 and August 31st 2021 for Daniel’s Den.

What will this signify?

This year we will develop a strong administrative arm of our charity which will undergird much of what we do.

We will develop our hybrid model of delivery – combining outreach on and off line.

We will create, deliver and inspire play and learning opportunities through our craft packs – bringing what we do in our sessions into people’s homes through our Daniel’s Den At Home programme.

We will build community in new ways – encouraging those tentative about using technology; engaging new people who would never be able to access our physical groups; equipping people with skills and/or equipment; ensuring our core values permeate all that we do.

Who knows when we can physically meet again? Indeed, there are uncharted waters ahead, life may get rocky and there will be times when we want to stop – abandon ship. But together, we will come through this and hopefully come to the end of this dash and find ourselves in a new place ready for the next one.

The Dash 2020-2021 video