I'm a firm believer in angels, not those pseudo religious winged types (although who knows) but rather just very wise and good souls amongst us who are often in the most unexpected places and in the most unlikely disguise. My blog post called 'More Life' tells of the time our dog Ozzie had his own angelic encounter.
Recently I was having a particularly rubbish day at work, you know one of those days filled with stupid people saying stupid things. I don't suffer ignorance gladly as I grow older and I am more easily riled and more likely to speak my mind. But on this day I was also tired and had said all I felt like saying. Ranted out and unwilling to spend any more time in the company of fools.
Yes, so you will gather that it wasn't a great day.
I had to get out of that space for a while so I went for a walk in the rain, hands in pockets, trying to clear my head in the grey city streets. After half an hour, still feeling miserable I reluctantly acknowledged that I had to go back to work. I cut through a small alleyway that would take me in that direction. The rain was driving across the deserted little street and I didn't have an umbrella. To be honest I don't normally mind a good rainy day walk, today however I was feeling sorry for myself so I derived no pleasure from the soaking I was getting. Then I noticed a tramp sitting in a doorway. He was not managing to stay dry and appeared to have given up on any further effort to even try. Resigned to the day and his situation. In my self absorbed state of mind, I had barely registered his presence but as I passed by he called out to me softly and with a grin. "How's your day going kid?" I stopped, suddenly aware. Looking at the tramp, soaked through in the filthy doorway, everything became clear again and in an instant I regained perspective. "My day's going great thanks" I replied. The tramp nodded knowingly and I looked up at the sky in thanks, realising that in comparison to some poor souls, my day was in fact going very well.
It took an unexpected angel to remind me of that.
In the Kabbalah, the mystical Jewish tradition of learning, it is said that angels may appear in human form. Once they have completed their worldly duties, they divest themselves of their bodies and return to their former spiritual state.
That makes sense to me.
I went back to work knowing just how good my life really is in a world where it is so very easy to lose track and slip off the rails. Angels in unexpected places have the knack of being able to remind us of that and I'm blessed indeed to have encountered more than a few along the way.
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