I’m sitting in someone else’s home looking out at a million dollar view and thinking about how many wonderful people there are in this world. You’ve met them, too, but just in case you’ve forgotten? There are angels all around us.
Let me tell you about the angels I’ve met in the past 24 hours
A month ago we scheduled a trip to Florida to look for a house. A month ago I didn’t know I would mysteriously injure my knee and be unable to do anything but hobble with a crutch and a knee brace. Since we have no other time available for this trip, we decided to go ahead. And that’s when my angels began to appear
At the airline counter we explained to the agent that I’d banged up my knee and couldn’t get to the gate. No problem. They produced a wheelchair and someone to assist me. He was the soul of kindness. At the gate the agent scurried around to find me a better seat on an aisle so I could stretch my leg, then told us to board first. Angel two.
On the other end another wheelchair was waiting, and a wonderful man took two of us down to baggage claim, never complaining about managing two wheelchairs in dense airport traffic . He deposited me right at the rental car booth. Angel three
The next angels were familiar. My mystery writing friend Joanna Slan had invited us to see her home and do lunch. So she and her wonderful husband greeted us, gave us a tour and took us to their favorite restaurant. Not only is their house wonderful, so was their company.
Then we arrived at our destination, where brand new angels offered us their home for the duration four stay, as well as sage advice and any other help we might need while we’re here.
Life’s not always like this. We all know that. There are days when the angels are whirling their wings somewhere out of sight. But we all have moments like these, when we are surrounded by kindness, by extra care, by love. Even if we have done absolutely nothing to deserve it.
I’ve learned two things from my silly knee injury. One, to pay more
attention to people moving slowly and do whatever I can to help. Two, to pay more attention to the kindness, the light, that surrounds us. It’s so easy to ignore both. I’ll be less apt to in the future.
How about you? Want to tell us about your angels? We’re listening.