Dominik walked the area, keeping a lookout for souls in turmoil, those vulnerable to spiritual attack. He found a few and offered assistance—nothing dramatic, or even angelic. Just gestures of kindness borne from keen observation and a willingness to act.
I can't tell you how many times I almost deleted that paragraph when I was writing Uprising. It's not essential to the story or character development, so standard operating procedure would deem those words unnecessary, doomed to the delete key.
I kept those lines because they were important to me, to my development. I tend to forget or overlook the goodness in the world, the kindness in my fellow travelers on this remarkable journey.
I see an article about something horrible or tragic and more often than not, I'll click. I wish I could say the same about reports of decency and selflessness, but I usually pass on such things. Maybe it's because I don't want to live in rose-colored glasses, or perhaps I need a constant stream of perspective so I remember my life is really, really not bad. I should probably balance that with some uplifting news.
I've decided to track down some angels. Not the ones with wings and a halo, but those living among us, quietly and humbly making the world a little better. This article and photo of the New York City police officer who purchased boots for a homeless gentleman has already gone viral - for good reason in my estimation - but I think it's worth repeating.
Larry DePrimo - you've earned the Angels Among Us Wings!