"How are you today?" What if we said "oh not so good"? Then we hear a simple 'sorry'. Did that person really care, or do we just ask or respond benignly because it is the thing to do? Are they just too busy or important to really honestly care how we are?
So you ask what is an angel in the shadows.
As I write this my housekeeper is cleaning my office. Just moments ago, I stopped typing and turned around and asked her how she was. Our eyes locked. She really knew I cared. She started telling me about her daughter who has panic attacks and is terrified of being in public. She wants to be a nurse but is having trouble focusing. She is seeing a psychiatrist and psychologist and that is why her mom is cleaning houses ~ to pay for her doctor bills. We talked. I cared. And I learned. I know her and she knows now, that at least to me, she is 'real'.
So today try and become an angel in the shadows. Really care about the people you meet, the waiter, the next door neighbor, the postman. Engage them for a moment and you will find that they are not much different than you. We all face battles, and we all have people in our lives that need to feel someone really does care. Someone really knows that they are 'real.'