On Facebook, Ellie wrote:
“My last request for all of you is to enjoy every single second of your life because you have no idea when your last moment is. Be happy! Live life to the fullest! Be kind and give back to the world. Resolve tensions and challenges with others. Be powerful in your own skin.”
This morning, with that same elegant power and self-determination, and so much love for this world, Ellie left us one more message. Today, she entered the final stages of hospice, and doesn’t expect to live long past this day, if at all. Her words were purposeful and direct, like someone going on a journey, not a woman in her 30’s being torn from this life.
Even though we are over a thousand miles from each other, and even though I have always been much more her student than her friend, I feel her with me now.
“Resolve tensions and challenges with others. Be powerful in your own skin.”