We all have an image of an angel in our minds, although we might just have read about them in some book or some scripture. We might have unknowingly met them in form of a helping friend, a soul mate, a person to lean on when in need, a consoling sibling, comforting parents, sympathising elders and loving children. However, we never treat them as angels. We have a perception of an angel and hence we fail to treat these people as one.
For us an angel has a persona, typical attire, a halo on the head, a wand in the hand, all white and peaceful. It is a very set image we have in our heads, which will take a while to fade away and give way to a new form. It is instilled and ingrained so deep in our thoughts that the moment someone says the word angel, unconsciously, a white form starts taking shape in our mind. This is true in 99% of times.
All of us should therefore try to let go of that image and just focus on what makes “an angel”. What qualities do we look for when we create our image of an angel? We usually look for someone who is there to help, who is perceived to have been sent by God in the time of need, who guides us not to do anything negative and protects us from the demonic ways. Hence, it becomes imperative that we seek such qualities in living people.
We look for something good in everyone. We try and establish that there is an angel in every human being. Some may be too good, to be true to the angels we believe in and some maybe just on the threshold of being good. This does not mean that we should give the people on the threshold of being good, a token of rejection. We should always look to see every little good anybody has and take it for ourselves.
There are times when people try to be nice to us in the unlikeliest of situations and we term these happenings as act of God. True, they do occur without any rational reason and it can be termed as an act of God, if this is the case then what is stopping us from calling these people as our saviour angels. Why do we not recognise their existence? The answer lies in the fact that we are too arrogant to accept it.
The very notion of an angel having a human form is absurd to us. Hence we do not recognise their existence at all. We should just let our sub conscious take over and decide if the person helping is without any reason is an angel or not. If we start doing so, we might start seeing that every other person is an angel. People are inherently helpful, because they need help in return. Humans are social beings, they cannot survive alone. They need help and support so in turn everybody is ready to extend support as well. The motive could be selfish but at least there is willingness to help.
When someone extends a lending hand, rather than being suspicious of that person, for once let us try and put some faith in that person. It will help not only us but also the whole community. It will foster trust amongst us. There will be less violence, less fights and less hatred.
-Susmita Shroff Susmita Shroff is MBA (Finance). She is a homemaker and freelance mentor. She writes for pleasure and is a voracious reader. She is currently pursuing a creative writing course.