“It’s always something, to know you’ve done the most you could. But, don’t leave off hoping, or it’s of no use doing anything. Hope, hope to the last!” —Charles Dickens
I’ve had some really interesting conversations recently about hope and those who are facing the end of their life and what that looks like to them. My mom died of lymphoma. I was visiting with her in the hospital just before she passed and happened to be there when her doctor came in. He was asking her if she wanted to go back on chemotherapy. She didn’t hesitate with her answer as she told him yes, she wanted to live. She was 84 years old and one of the bravest women I know. She held out hope until the end that she would not die from the cancer. Tonight, I learned of an 11-year-old boy in the UK who was born with a heart dysfunction which required a heart transplant for him to live. In his young life he has already had two transplants and rejected both. He and his family have made the decision to not pursue another transplant. He is dying, there is no hope other than a miracle if it is meant to be. I watched him on video, so full of life and laughter as he inspires others. You wouldn’t know he was sick at all except he had to stop frequently to cough as a result of his inability to breathe well. He is not sad or self-pitying. He understands that his days are numbered and he is making the most of them. He is checking off things on his bucket list. I may not fully understand these two situations – a woman in her 80’s hoping for a little more time with her loved ones and a child just hoping to make the most of each moment he has before he leaves his loved ones – but it is not my job to understand it. My only function is to love and show compassion.
Dear Angels, I have been at death’s door several times and each time I pulled on any sliver of hope that was presented to me and clung to it as one would to a life raft. I watched this little boy, Kori, tonight with awe and amazement. He seemed totally at peace and did not exhibit any energy other than love. In my heart, I know that I survived all that I did because there was a bigger purpose and journey that I am to complete and I needed the extra time to do so. For Kori, I feel that he is living out his purpose to show only love no matter what, and to me that is the biggest example of bravery possible. Thich Nhat Hahn said, “hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear.”
Dear Ones, it is important to realize that each one of you has a Divine plan and many times it does not look like what you envision as the answer to what you are praying for. When you pray for someone to get “better” you hold a specific vision of what that looks like. In reality, some have come to their exit point from their human experience and getting better means they go forward from pain and suffering. It is not your job to try to fix them. Simply honor and love them. Your acceptance unconditionally is the best gift you can bring. Remember that just because they return to their spirit being, they are simply participating in the Oneness in another form. There is no end. That love you hold for each other is for an eternity. Soak it up and keep it within your heart. Stay in your heart, stay blessed.
Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.
Today, I promise to accept, align and allow as I realize it is not my job to try to change others. I can only change myself.
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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