When I returned home from spending nine months in Africa, I was met with a case of reverse culture shock. It was very difficult for me to readjust to life in the States because I felt like everything and everyone in my life had changed. One of the biggest issues I had was that my best friend had found a new best friend, and they were doing the things that we used to do together. I was jealous at first, but I realized that it was selfish for me to expect her not have new friends when I was living my life on another continent. What I didn’t know at the time was what she had found was much more than a new friend. She had been assigned an angel.
People come into our lives for a reason, and sometimes that reason isn’t always obvious in the beginning. That’s why we must build relationships and travel the journey to friendship. And I believe that God assigns people to our lives for specific missions. We don’t always recognize a person’s purpose in our life until later.
I had the pleasure to get to know my bestie’s new friend, Danni, and she was simply a beautiful person. Her smile was contagious. She looked so sweet and innocent that I actually thought she was much younger than us, but she was really older. She was a good friend to my friend, and for that I’m grateful.
Ever since I learned of her death earlier this week, I can’t seem to get Beyonce’s “Halo” out of my head. She had so many angelic qualities,and I’m convinced that she was one. I’ve never met someone so kind and humble. Someone who could smile through her pain so beautifully. Someone could fight such a battle so gracefully. My mother taught me that it’s not about the quantity of life but rather the quality. It’s the way that you live your life that matters, not how long you live it. From my view, Danielle lived a wonderful life. She was far too young to die, but she was so blessed to have lived.
I just wanted to pay respect to her life. May God honor her soul and bless her husband, daughter, and family. And may he provide comfort to her friends, clients, and people like me who she touched along the way and feel the pain of her loss. I saw her halo…