Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

My mom used to say (or maybe she was quoting someone else, I'm not sure) that there are signs everywhere; you just have to notice them. You don't need tea leaves or tarot cards to give you some help in making a decision; a newspaper will do. Open the paper (or a book) to a random page, and poke your finger at it. You just might find the answer you're looking for.

I remember when Al was trying to help a friend decide between taking a professorship at Harvard and one at Stanford. She had ties to Stanford, but the Harvard job was appealing, too. She was really torn. After a day of discussing it in depth, they went to the movies, where they talked about it a bit more while waiting for the film to start. A few college kids filed into the row in front of them and turned to look up for more of their friends, and the one who stopped right in front of Al's friend was wearing a shirt that said, "Harvard: The Right Choice."

On the walk home on the day I got laid off, two strangers on separate blocks said "hi!" as I passed, like I'd startled them with my own greeting (though I hadn't). Then, as I was walking down Arch Street, a man walked out of a bar for a cigarette, looked me right in the eye, and said, "FUCK YEAH! IT'S THE RIGHT FUCKING TIME!"

I smiled at him and thought to myself, why yes, yes it is.

Posted by Lori in work at 10:43 AM on May 29, 2009

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Oh, I LOVE it!

It is like when my grandmother whispered clearly, "Everything is going to turn out fine for you" in the midst of a pain-med-induced haze. This was before I received the potentially negative news ("we think your son should go to another school") that - indeed - led to a much better situation (we're in an awesome school district now.)

Sounds like last week's news was definitely an opportunity (for your own vacation, restructuring) -- glad you see it as such.

Posted by: Karianna [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 29, 2009 8:14 PM

Well, jeepers, I missed something!

I am a big believer in the universe's method of helping us make changes.

Posted by: ratphooey [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 29, 2009 11:06 PM

I love this. It's all too often that we forget about the little signs that can tell us so much. Thanks for the reminder to look for the little things for guidance (although sometimes I need a big, flashing, hit-me-over-the-head sign).

Posted by: perksofbeingme at May 31, 2009 5:51 PM

I let the universe make all my decisions for me. Well, most of my decisions.

That way I'm totally not responsible if I screw up, but I'm like a receptive guru if I am. Either way I win.

Posted by: lora at June 2, 2009 11:38 AM

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