Looking for a Sign?

signs by Stitch.

Photo by stitch; creative commons license.

If you’re looking for a sign, this is it.

How many of us are torn—or think we are—about a direction to take, and so we look for “signs” that will push us in one direction or the other?  We already know the answer but either don’t trust our intuition or want to ignore it because it’s not what we want to hear.  So we look for signs.


Signs can be anything.
I’ve sent a email that I had serious doubts about sending, knew not to send it, but felt that logically I had to do it.   When the email bounced back to me—dot cum is not the appropriate suffix!—I took it as a sign that I wasn’t to send it and didn’t pursue the matter further.  A few days later, I found out that the intended recipient would have used the message against someone else in a devastating way.

I’ve taken long drives, just praying for some guidance about whether I should proceed with a divorce, and turned on the radio to hear Sheryl Crow singing “A change would do you good!”  I took it as a sign.  It wasn’t that a major life-changing decision hinged on whichever song happened to be on the radio at the time, but it was a sort of confirmation for what I already knew.  That was a ….

Thanks for reading!  The complete version of this article is now included in The Long-Awaited, Honest-to-God Secret to Being Happy.