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“You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.”

– Nightbirde

Some people have every reason to be unhappy, upset, angry at life, at the hand they are dealt. When I first heard of Nightbirde, Jane Marczweski, it was a news report that she had died. As my curiosity got the best of me, I decided to see what her life was about. What I discovered blew me away. Here was a beautiful soul with the most infectious smile you could imagine and the voice of an angel standing on stage competing on a talent show revealing to all that she was so much more than the bad things which had happened to her. Those things included a body riddled with cancer and her outlook was “Two percent survival is not zero” and “some people can’t see God because they won’t look low enough.” Through all her pain and struggle, she continued to inspire millions even until her dying breath and beyond with her faith and positive outlook in what she lovingly termed her “TED Talk from bed talk.” The quote that grabbed my attention the most is “Sadness and grieving is the soul’s way of saying this mattered” and “you don’t have to feel guilty for being sad.” What a beautiful wise soul who came here for a minute to share her extraordinary light with the world.

Dear Angels, many people these days tell their loved ones not to grieve or be sad once they are gone. I love the fresh honesty and raw sharing that this young lady did prior to her death. She gave permission for those who adored her to miss her once she left her physical body, saying that those human emotions are the way we honor what was lost…that they tell a story that says “it mattered.” I find this refreshing and freeing. I have lost many in my life who I have honored by shedding tears as well as laughter and fond memories. I would like to think that we can get back to mourning without having to feel guilty for doing so.

Dear Ones, in the world you live in there is going to be loss. To ignore the hurt you feel and the fact that your life is now different is to dishonor the life that was so beautifully expressed by a soul. You have a broad spectrum of emotions for a purpose. Do not deny yourselves of feelings, Dear Ones. If you hurt, feel it and then let it out. Do not let your emotions define you, rather let them complement who you are. Compassion will sometimes take you to a place that tugs at your heart. It’s okay, as the dear soul you spoke about so beautifully expressed. It is much better to be honest and state how you feel than to try to bury it where no one can reach. Each one of you who has walked on the earth deserve to be remembered and honored for the gift you are to creation. Laugh, cry, get angry, get sad. Love fully and strongly and at the end of the day when the light fades hold your loved one close in your heart and wail your mourning song to let the world know that their life was worth honoring in all ways, in sorrow and in joy.

Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.

Today, I promise to hold a light and honor each person in my life, both those walking beside me and those who have gone on ahead of me, and if I find myself weeping I will simply say as Nightbirde did: “it’s okay.”

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.

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