Blessed Be, My Dear Diana
My beloved cousin Diana died two mornings ago. Her death does not tarnish my perfect morning because Diana’s faith ran deep and strong and although unexpected, if she were with me now she would ask me to accept God’s will. I am comforted knowing she’s running with heaven’s angels now, unencumbered by the limitations of a physical body.
Seven months ago when Mom passed, Diana was one of my rocks. At that time, she would have been startled to learn that her time here was so limited. Not shocked, or upset or disbelieving because she inherently trusted God’s plan.
She would ask me to do the same now.
Diana’s flowers, her pride and joy and part of her legacy
Our spiritual and family connections deepened in the months following my mom’s death. Her mom and mine were not only first cousins but best friends. Diana had become a big sister to me, someone I went to for counsel and wisdom. We shared many common bonds, chief of which was the belief in truth, especially self-truth.
Diana was one of my biggest supporters when I made my holistic life change in August 2009. She said, “If you’re true to yourself, Cuz, if you’re doing what feels right, then it is right in God’s eyes.”
We didn’t see each other much, seldom spoke on the phone. Diana lived–and died–fully present to her life and trusted me to do the same. She loved me unconditionally and therefore hadn’t a need for my life’s minutae. It wasn’t that she wasn’t interested, far from it. All she really cared was whether I was happy. Actually, she was one of the first to bless my happiness and I’ll never forget the mile-wide smile that met my news that I was moving to Texas.
When you hold another’s heart, what more of a connection is needed?
I can count on one hand the number of people in my life who hold the same status of heart keeper. Diana was among those people and I shall miss her for as long as I breathe.
Thinking of the twinkle in her eye will always cause me to smile, especially on these perfect Sunday mornings.
Kiss Mama for me, will you, Cuz?