One thing for certain is that there are signs. They are everywhere, even in the middle of the desert, well maybe not in the middle of the ocean. Signs let us know the name of the business we are seeking, some give us information such as the national debt and that one will make your head spin. Billboards are the very large signs meant to catch your attention while you are driving 70 MPH. There are:  street signs, signs announcing a birth, a wedding, a garage sale, help wanted, welcome and keep out signs. Signs give us direction and tell us when we have arrived. There was even a song that touched hearts about signs written and performed by:

The Five Man Electrical Band

And the sign says “Long-haired freaky people need not apply”
So I put my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why
He said you look like a fine outstanding young man, I think you’ll do
So I took off my hat, I said “Imagine that, huh, me working for you”

Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs
F*****’ up the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign

And the sign says “Anybody caught trespassing will be shot on sight”
So I jumped the fence and I yelled at the house
Hey! What gives you the right!
To put up a fence and keep me out, or to keep Mother Nature in
If God was here, he’d tell it to your face, man, you’re some kind of sinner

Oh, say now mister, can’t you read
You got to have a shirt and tie to get a seat
You can’t watch, no you can’t eat, you ain’t supposed to be here
And the sign says “You got to have a membership card to get inside” – uh!

And the sign says “Everybody welcome, come in, kneel down and pray”
But then they passed around a plate at the end of it all
And I didn’t have a penny to pay
So I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign
I said, “Thank you Lord for thinking ’bout me, I’m alive and doing fine.”

 Above are the obvious signs but there are others, the subtle signs that you need to pay attention to, signs that come from others in the way of a message or a day filled with numbers that repeat. Something appears even though we looked in that spot a million times before or getting a call out of the blue from someone in your past. Illness is a sign, there are times when we contract a bug and I’m sure that’s not very controllable but then there some illnesses that are a sign of our emotional, spiritual and physical state. Sometimes we get a feeling (sign) in our gut and ignore it.

 I’ve had so many signs in the last few months telling me my path was right at the time only to have another sign pointing me to a different path and then another sign pointing me again to a different path. This calls to mind another song by Tommy Roe: Dizzy- It starts with the statement – I’m so dizzy, my head is spinning Like a whirlpool, it never ends. There are days I feel like that! What are the answers? What do the signs mean? Am I reading too much into them? Are they really signs at all? Am I grasping at straws?

I am positive and believe with all my heart that my higher power sends me signs all the time. I do try to pay attention to everything that happens to me. I asked my therapist about all of the signs that made me feel like I was in the spin cycle in slow motion and he made a statement ‘that the future hasn’t been written yet go make it what you want.’ Funny but isn’t that the same thing that Doc Emmett Brown says to Marty McFly and Jennifer in Back to the Future 2.

If I haven’t mentioned it before I work for my husband and he is a doctor. A patient that hadn’t been in for 10 years called out of the blue, I just happened to answer the phone and she said her name and asked me if I remembered her. I recognized her voice and name immediately and remember that she was a very nice woman that would bring the best triple chocolate cookies that I’ve ever eaten. She made some sweet statements about being free from the ailment that was treated in our office for the last ten years and complimented us on the good care she received and that the problem that was treated never returned. She was extremely grateful and wanted me to check the dates, so I found the chart and her memory was amazing for a woman of 86 years old. Then she said to me that I had a tenth anniversary coming up (I was shocked) and asked if we were still happy. I really got choked up and said “of course”, as I didn’t have the heart to tell her all the turmoil of the last few months. She said that she had a disease that was terminal and would I please send a current picture of my husband and me to her. I relayed the story to my husband with tears in my eyes and he touched my face in the kindest, gentlest way and said “of course we are happy and it will get even better!” Well I had the picture taken yesterday and I put it in the mail right away since she was nice enough to bring me a message from my higher power.

 We need to pay attention to the signs (messages) all around us because we are guided and I am grateful for that phone call because for right now, in that moment it felt good! And since we only have this moment, this moment, this moment, it was a good one! I will try to remember that moment when the next moment of frustration comes.

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