“Leaders never use the word failure. They look upon setbacks as learning experiences.” – Brian Tracy
Today is a momentous day for me, the celebration of the biggest miracle in my life. I was 21 years old and I was dying yet I didn’t know it. It was my first (and only) pregnancy and I thought my symptoms of exhaustion and nausea were just a part of it. It turned out that my kidneys had decided to give up and stop working. If the doctors hadn’t caught it when they did, I wouldn’t be here writing my story. They call kidney disease the silent killer because it has no symptoms until the advanced stages. Most people attribute the symptoms to other things, like in my case I thought it was just pregnancy related. It requires medical testing to know what the actual kidney function is and many times it is not caught in enough time to treat it without serious measures such as dialysis. After eight months of dialysis, I received the gift of life – a live donor kidney that would give me potentially 15-20 extra years. Here I am 48 years later and still going strong. I consider every day a miracle as I open my eyes and take in another breath. The transplant occurred when I was still grappling with the ins and outs of life. It was a lifeline thrown to a drowning individual. As much as it was a daunting experience, the surgery symbolized hope and, in more ways than one, rebirth. I had been granted a new lease on life, and it was now my responsibility to make the most of it. I know there is a purpose to my life and I strive in every moment to remember how precious those moments are.
Dear Angels, for many the notion of a second chance resonates with rectifying past mistakes or setting things right. For me, it was less about fixing errors and more about embracing the opportunity to live life to the fullest. It was about appreciating the magnitude of the gift I had received: a kidney from a person who had chosen to donate a part of themselves so that another might live. This selfless act of kindness was not merely a medical transaction, but a testament to the bond of humanity that connects us all. The second chance at life has taught me about resilience, patience, and endurance. I learned that the human spirit is incredibly resilient, and that within us all is the ability to overcome, adapt, and evolve. I often reflect on how my life might have been without the kidney transplant. It's not difficult to conclude that without it, there's a good chance I wouldn't have experienced the breadth and depth of life that I have. It's impossible to quantify the value of 48 years of laughter, tears, experiences, love, heartbreak, achievements, and learning. But one thing is clear; it has been 48 years of unabashedly embracing life's roller coaster ride.
Dear Ones, love comes in many forms. When you do something so unselfish for another, that is love. When you stop thinking about your own self and consider the needs of someone else, that is love. When you have something to give and you share it without hesitation, that is love. Whatever it might look like for you to extend a helping hand, remember that what you do to help others is also helping you. When you give, you receive whether it be a smile, a helping hand, a dollar or an organ. The hope you give others redefines the boundaries of love, altruism, and humanity. Let your spirit guide you in your giving.
Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.
Today, I promise to give from the heart without hesitation.
Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri is the Peace Campaign Coordinator for We, The World and the founder of a nonprofit organization, Angelspeakers Inc., which offers educational workshops and events centered around environmental awareness to include animals and nature, peace advocacy opportunities and ancient wisdom teachings. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace. www.angelspeakers.com
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