The Better Angels

I’ve just recently come to understand that we are all in pain.  In some form or another.  In some degree or another.

Some of us wear our pain on our sleeves for all to see.  Shouting our pain to the hilltops.  Uncaring who knows it…who sees it…or who recoils from it.  We try to rant our pain away.  Push our pain away.  We stare people in the eye and tell them if they make one false step, we’re gonna….  And little do others know that what we’re really saying is: “HELP ME!!”

Some of us absorb our pain.  Internalize our pain.  Quiet our pain away….  We hold our pain inside, scared for anyone to see it.  We hold it in so well that our bodies shake from the exertion of our efforts.  The pain creeps out onto our faces, unbeknownst to us.  Our eyes catch those of others around us, and without speaking, we plead: “HELP ME!!”

I’m here to tell you that Angels of Pain are all around us.  Whether they’re shouting to the rooftops or silently pleading with us, they’re NEAR.  They are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, friends, and yes…our enemies.

So the next time someone is in your face and passing that pain to you, be The Better Angel.  Remember what they’re REALLY saying, and give them a warm, heartfelt smile.  Let them know you’re listening, that what they say matters, and watch what happens to that pain.  Instead of jumping into their pit of pain, pull them up to your ledge of light.  It may not be comfortable for you.  You may not like the feeling.  But who said it’s about you?  Who knows?  You might just save a life….

Broadcast your inner Champion!


3 Responses to "The Better Angels"

  • Vernon Davis Jr. says:

    I’m really feeling this DB. Im going to make a better effort at being that Better Angel to people that come into my life!!!

  • Craig Palma says:

    Life becomes much easier when you take down the barriers that enclose us. It’s hard for people, especially New Yorkers to say hello and greet people with a smile. Something so small and meaningless can make a major difference in someones day, so I try to remind myself of that every day. I will try to be that Better Angel. You can’t make everyone happy, but it’s a start.

  • Lady E says:

    This is interesting and it strikes at notions of peace. When we learn to move within a culture of peace, we can enter a space of healing that is passed on to generations. What you speak of is only part of the challenge, but still a facet of the solution. For more about the culture of peace, see:

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