I’m not one to believe in hoo-ha and weird theories about the universe conspiring for us or against us however I do like to indulge from time to time in the power and existence of signs. I write this as I am faced with somewhat of a crossroads in my professional life. I have written about this previously and my internal struggle as to whether to follow down the well-trodden and stable path of a position at a company, a solid income and a predictable existence, or break out on my own, pursue my passions and follow my dreams.
Both options have presented themselves to me of late however I am increasingly seeing subtle signs everywhere that I should neglect the stable route and follow down the path of most resistance by doing my own thing. This is not the first time in my life that I have taken note of signs – I remember being 18 and being infatuated with a particular boy who I had virtually written off as being too good for me. His name started popping up everywhere around me, and in the most unlikely places – etched in fresh concrete and on graffiti at the tram stop. At the time, I took heed of these signs and made contact with him. We ended up dating for quite a while!
These signs have again appeared in my life (although not on the boy front!) I am looking down the huge, cavernous barrel of starting my own business, for the first time, in a foreign country, in an industry I am slowly educating myself about. Every day I while away for hours on end being a sponge – learning, absorbing and soaking in every possible tit bit of information I can about this new venture. I now feel as though the universe is in my favour with this one. Trucks drive past me emblazoned with logos that fall straight within my new chosen industry; people I have never met have emailed me seeking more information; new people I meet encourage me no end to go down this path, with full knowledge of the stable alternative. Yes, it seems the signs are aligning.
Do you ever see or feel subtle signs and do you attach value to them? Perhaps this is a product of the laws of attraction or, as the now-famous book The Secret discussed – when you want something and throw it out there, the world gives it to you. Is this a timely reminder that we have to be careful of what we wish for, because we might just get it?
If nothing else, I am going to take these signs as gentle but persistent encouragement. They are like a warm blanket that provides me with comfort in my more anxiety-ridden moments when I question what the hell it is I am doing every day and why I am putting myself through this uncertainty. On the other hand however, the uncertainty and instability is liberating. I have relaxed, let down my guard and have adopted a “whatever will be, will be” attitude. I very much believe this new mind set has opened me up to these signs and opportunities in the first place so I use them as a friendly reminder to keep pressing forth, little by little, so I am constantly edging closer to my goal.
Even if you are not a big believer in signs, I hope this post encourages you to slow down from time to time and consider your surroundings and the environment in which you operate. Are there any consistent patterns that are appearing? Is your heart pulling you strongly in one direction? Maybe is it time to stop ignoring these elements in your life and pay attention. Who knows what will come of it?