Guardian angels are real people: It's just us when we rise to the occasion.
If divine guardian angels existed imagine what their lives would be like. In order to do that, first you'd have to understand their job. They would sit next to lonely people while they watch TV so they wouldn't feel all alone in the world. They would walk closely behind those who have fallen down and suffered an injury. They would watch one eat dinner alone, living in poverty and suffering in quiet desperation after having paid for her children's college education. When one falls unconscious they would spring into action, and when one dies they would sit quietly by his or her side.
For the sake of argument, never mind how an angel would find out who needs help and at what time. For now, imagine receiving news like this: "Follow Eileen every day this week." You may have never met Eileen before but you know who she is, what she looks like and how to find her because you already saw her once while you were helping someone else.
And then you have to drag yourself out of bed after having had only five hours of sleep in order to follow her because if you don't than she'll endanger herself.
Imagine how resistant some people are to receiving help. It's true. The loneliest woman in the world growls at hers, "Who asked you to keep me company!" Or worse, "You're the most ridiculous looking person I've ever seen in my life."
Psychiatric inpatients are the worst by far because they don't know that they're ill. Additionally, they view their treatment center as a prison because they're not allowed to leave, and they blame the employees, not realizing that their families admitted them and that they're not welcome at home. Their families contribute to the problem because when they drop them off at the treatment centers they tell them that it's a vacation resort. Either that or it's a hotel that's located near a major hospital which they'll need to stay close to for awhile to get tested for something else such as kidney disease. Later, after they realize that they're not allowed to leave and that their families haven't visited them, they become physically combative and they hit the staff.
So called Guardian Angels who watch over such people are not allowed to leave them for several different reasons, even though they may wish that they could. For example, physically combative psychiatric inpatients can exhaust anyone within a few hours. The vast majority of hospital staff can walk away; they just quickly finish what they came to do and then leave their room. However, a de facto Angel is forced to stay because he or she answers to a higher power. It's the ultimate burnout job. No one wants it, not even them.
Every incident that I described in this article is a true story and it has all happened within the last three weeks right here in the San Francisco Bay Area, and that's for only one person. When one estimates the number of de facto angels, each carrying a caseload as large as the one that I just described, than one can see that they cast a wide net. Clearly it's not wide enough to catch everyone who falls down, but it's large enough to be visible.