One of my old friends became very spiritual in the past year, and started noticing signs everywhere. Anything that stood out to him, or that he found meaning in, or struck him as coincidental was a cue for him as to the next action he should take.
I’m in two minds about this. On the one hand, I want to believe that there is something out there that is bigger than we can conceive of, and that it has enough interest in our lives to give us the occasional nudge. But on the other hand, I feel like it could be a bit of a cop out; a way to not take responsibility for making your own decisions about where your life takes you.
Whatever it is, I have started taking note of the coincidences that occur in my life. It started a few weeks ago; there were about four in two days, and so I started writing them down. I now have a page full of them, but still haven’t discerned any meaning from them. But I want to believe that the universe is trying to nudge me towards something.
Sometimes I do feel the universe sometimes listens to me. On Wednesday I was lamenting to a friend that I very rarely see men I find attractive on the train (and I spend about five hours a week on the train). And then on Thursday, on my way home, sat a man opposite me who I found very attractive. He got off at my station, but we went in different directions. Maybe it’s a bit of a stretch to think that this signifies the universe is listening to me, but it was a small coincidence nonetheless. I wish I had have had the guts to say something to him.
The reason I chose today to write about this was because tonight I watched a movie called Jeff, Who Lives at Home, starring Jason Segel. I had never heard of the movie before today even though I am a big Jason Segel fan, and had no idea what it was about. It follows one day in the life of Jeff, a man who believes in signs, and waits for them before he takes any kind of action. It was a beautiful movie, and I feel like the timing was just right for me to discover it.
I don’t agree that we should sit on our hands until we receive a sign, but just in case there is something out there guiding us, we should heed it’s messages. Perhaps little signs in our environment are the only way it is able to communicate, and once we start to listen it will talk to us more.
Or maybe I’m just grasping at straws because I don’t want to feel alone in an infinite universe.
What does everyone else think? Have you ever received a sign that you acted on, and what was the outcome?