Last month amid the hubbub of the holidays, I stumbled upon this story about a woman who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. It touched something in me. Her honesty as she looks into a limited future, and trying to figure out what does one DO with this news. While I regularly get the opportunity to talk to people who are living each day with a prognosis of days to weeks to months, I feel like Melinda Welsh will have more to teach us all as she walks thoughtfully through her days. I hope, if she is able, and willing, she continues to tell us what she is doing. What she is learning in this precious time. What she is worried about. What gives her joy. This is a journey we are all going on. I for one, want to look at as many maps as I can so that if I get a chance to choose parts of my route, I select wisely.
I particularly like how she closed her essay... " I will take solace in the idea that, once gone, I may come to occupy a small space in the hearts of the people who loved me most. And perhaps from there, I will be a source of a few simple reminders: Time is limited. Life is miraculous. And we are beautiful."
photo credit: Dottie Moss