I don't know if you remember, but back in the 70's there was this song by the group, "America", called, "Lonely People". 

It went:  "This is for all the lonely people, thinking that life has passed them by.  Don't give up until you, drink from the silver cup...You never know until you try..."

I used to think that was MY song.  And I know in my heart, there are so many lonely people in this world who hide behind a smile, because they're afraid to be hurt, or perhaps, they've already been hurt badly a time or two, and so, they guard themselves from who they really are to others.

I think in today's world, most of us ARE afraid to really show ourselves, to reveal our vulnerabilities.  I've heard the phrase too many times, that "no one really likes to listen to your problems..."  That hurts, you know? 

So what do we do?  Do we go off by ourselves and maybe shed a tear, and hope for the best?  

Even today, I sometimes hesitate to really reveal myself... 

Are we all so afraid? 

Let's try harder to be kind to that person we see who maybe could use a smile.  Maybe that person has gone through a very hard time, and that smile would mean a lot to them at that moment. 

Because maybe deep down, that person may be really lonely...
And to know that someone kind is there, could really mean a lot.