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PixieJane
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posted June 18, 2018 10:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PixieJane     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Children can be little angels...and little demons and everything in between (my name here is because Granny liked to call me "Pixie" as that's how she saw me as a child with my playful but reckless behavior).

I just noticed something...here are popular images of children and angels:

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Notice how the angel could be the little girl all grown up.

Of course that would be best case scenario, or her at her best rather than her normal or worst. From a Christian standpoint it can be a symbol to nurture the angelic side of humanity, and that we are God's instruments in this world, we are the ones to answer prayers and protect the innocent and give comfort to the hurting. It's not enough to pray, we have to LIVE our prayers, with prayers focusing our actions rather than absolving ourselves of responsibility by saying God will handle it instead. It's not "give up and let God" (other than perhaps ego or the lower selves of a person which should be let go of) but to BE the change in the world, the force of God in this world.

From a non-religious standpoint it's still similar. Be the change, don't expect some higher power (be it divine or governmental) to take care of it for you. And be ready to take care of yourself and those around you. While it is overly idealistic to expect us to ever be a society of angels, it should be better to nurture our angelic sides (that includes in each other) than our demonic sides, and like reaching out to the stars, seems worth aiming for even if it seems impossible. It's certainly a lot easier to be an angel in paradise.

Granted, it's human nature to complain no matter how good they have it, simply because that by enjoying certain benefits they come to feel entitled to it rather than grateful...as Jareth says in Labyrinth to Sarah when Sarah says it's not fair, "You say that so often. I wonder what your basis of comparison is." Of course helping those in need can help one to feel more gratitude for the everyday blessings one enjoys.

And I like this perspective of it. Many Christians (and new agers, etc), when they speak of guardian angels, speak in a way that sound as if the power is completely outside of us, and that we are objects at the mercy of other forces, forces that are actually jerks in that you have to beg for their aid. (Prime example here ) But my interpretation of these images is that the angel is inside the girl (the boy surely has one as well), that is they are active participants which gives their lives meaning, though there are times they will fall (but that doesn't mean the angelic side of them has to fall).

I also like in how my interpretation means that there is always a part of the person that is pure. It's like when I was 15 and on the streets, and I stayed with a little boy of about 13 (he could've easily passed for 10) as he slept in the stairwell of a church, believing God would let nothing bad happen to him there. I thought that was ridiculous, but I couldn't let him sleep there alone, and as he slept, I slept lightly at best, and often awake (especially as male and female prostitutes came down with their johns since it was out of sight), my butterfly knives at the ready just in case...as cold and filthy as it was, as miserable as I felt, as dangerous it was and the sad things I saw while looking over the boy, my compassion for him was stronger than all of that...which means the angel inside of me was stronger than the world, and at least for those moments I, too, was an angel of sorts, just as those girls strike me as being physical manifestations of the angel behind them. And that not only gives us agency, but gives me hope that the good inside of me, and inside all of humanity, is stronger than the evil and degradation of the human spirit.

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Randall
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posted June 19, 2018 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, I saw that (the angel looks like the girl).

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posted June 20, 2018 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lemuriangirl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe it's supposed to be her mom who passed away. Or her in the future. I'd love to ask the artist.

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posted June 20, 2018 10:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oops, that was me above. Helped a Newflake register and didn't clear my cookies.

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posted June 21, 2018 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also, the angel is reaching toward a butterfly that landed on the little girl's hand. That indicates it's a sign from the angel.

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PixieJane
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posted June 21, 2018 09:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PixieJane     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Randall:
Also, the angel is reaching toward a butterfly that landed on the little girl's hand. That indicates it's a sign from the angel.

Good catch. But what do you think the butterfly is a sign of?

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posted June 22, 2018 03:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That she is being watched over!

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posted June 23, 2018 07:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And touching the little boy's head. I took that as keeping him safe. He's close to the edge of the bridge.

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posted July 03, 2018 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nordicsoul     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PixieJane:
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I also like in how my interpretation means that there is always a part of the person that is pure. It's like when I was 15 and on the streets, and I stayed with a little boy of about 13 (he could've easily passed for 10) as he slept in the stairwell of a church, believing God would let nothing bad happen to him there. I thought that was ridiculous, but I couldn't let him sleep there alone, and as he slept, I slept lightly at best, and often awake (especially as male and female prostitutes came down with their johns since it was out of sight), my butterfly knives at the ready just in case...as cold and filthy as it was, as miserable as I felt, as dangerous it was and the sad things I saw while looking over the boy, my compassion for him was stronger than all of that...which means the angel inside of me was stronger than the world, and at least for those moments I, too, was an angel of sorts, just as those girls strike me as being physical manifestations of the angel behind them. And that not only gives us agency, but gives me hope that the good inside of me, and inside all of humanity, is stronger than the evil and degradation of the human spirit.


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posted July 04, 2018 02:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted July 20, 2018 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Angel Bump!

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posted August 04, 2018 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bump!

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posted August 26, 2018 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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