Days 69-71 – Give me a Sign

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 Homestarring 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?

10 thoughts on “Days 69-71 – Give me a Sign

  1. chancing on a full moon would always be a sign telling me that a life-changing decision is just around the corner (the day my ex lied to me, was when the moon was at its fullest). while signs may appear here and there, i always believe in taking charge of your own destiny, the signs just aid your progression in life =)

  2. I love signs, I definitely think that they’re there for a reason, I believe in fate. I like the sound of that film! Maybe if that guy gets on your train again… give him a smile! 🙂

  3. I’m with the first hand of your two minds, but don’t believe I should act like some marionette, waiting for the higher being to pull my strings. We all have to make choices and take responsibility for them. I really liked the message behind the movie “Signs”.

    • In “Jeff, who lives at home”, the main character talked about the movie “Signs” too. I’ll need to watch it again, I can’t remember it at all.
      I agree with you, we need to pull our own strings. The universe might help out sometimes, but it can’t do our work for us 🙂

  4. I don’t generally believe in fate but I have noticed little ‘signs’ in the past that I’ve used to reassure myself than I was on the right track…

    My most recent example would have to be with my ex-girlfriend. There were a lot of little things I can’t remember now but, I did learn that we were at the same college, on the same days in the same year and, to me, that meant something positive. Another way to look at it though, would be to say that if we didn’t meet then, we shouldn’t have been together at the time… I don’t know! 😛

    But I think it is okay to look for signs and to accept them. Whether we should base big decisions on them though, I’m not sure. If it feels natural then, maybe go with it… 🙂

    • I think that it is about reassurance; we have nothing else really to let us know we’ve chosen the right path. Life can be a crap shoot, and that’s scary sometimes. Speaking for myself, I think looking for signs is something I do when I don’t trust my own decisions.

      I would love for signs to be real, but I’m not sure if I believe that just now.

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