I’m not thinking about the kinds of signs that one might get from interpreting the shape of a cloud formation, or what a shadow on a path might be “telling” you, or having a “hunch” of pending doom, or even pending glory. I’m thinking about actual signs.
Signs give us direction. They tell us when to stop, turn left or right. They announce places we are wanting to find. They warn us of where we need to be cautious. They may even encourage us. Signs may have symbols, that ultimately have meaning, or are just attractive reminders of places or processes.
You and I, if given some time, could come up with all kinds of responses about signs…positive and negative…confusing and enlightening…full of humor and/or thoughtful. Whether hand written or lavish neon creations, signs have an intended purpose…just like each of our lives.
Thus, I like to take pictures of signs to use, some day, maybe, to help illustrate our whole-life mentoring model…to help nurture curiosity for helping others, and myself, stay committed to living daily as a whole person in all the 8 Dimensions of the Circle of Life (…being written about here with additional thoughts every week: https://leadershipdesigngroup.com/ ).
Long story, very shortly reported, since the first of the year I’ve had to go through a series of physical therapy sessions that have certainly stretched his olde body, and have given me clean, forward-thinking, life-enhancing instruction for paying better attention to my Physical Dimension. It has not been a picnic. But…….it has been a revelation to me about how I’ve not been paying attention to signs, within my body, and elsewhere. This is now helping me make some serious, needed, welcome decisions for how I will be living, going forward.
One of the machines my excellent physical therapist had me on had this sign that I read several times over. There is a lot there for how we each should be living our lives. Take from it the truth that is good for you, not just physically, but for all of your life. And here’s to your even better health in every dimension of your own “wild and precious life!”***
***taken from a quote from a favorite poem by Mary Oliver which has this important life-giving question: “Tell me, what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” …and your own answers are...for this day, week, year?