I clear my throat, tune up my vocal chords and prepare to sing in the key of life:

I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes, I saw the sign
Life is demanding without understanding
I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes, I saw the signs
No one’s gonna drag you up to get into the light where you belong
But where do you belong?

So, this is a 1993 classic from Ace of Base and they simply knock the ball out of the park with this track. The song is about a love relationship but the words have a deeper meaning for me. I’m learning that life is a guided journey if you pay attention to the signs. How do you do that? Here are a few tips on recognizing and responding to life guiding signs.

Relax Yourself, It Will Be So Clear

First of all, you have to relax. Since we are discussing relaxation, ask yourself if you know how to achieve and maintain inner peace? Do you sit quietly for a period of time, meditate, exercise, write? If you do not have a regular tool or method to chill yourself out,here are a few suggestions:

Take a deep breath

Maintain regular exercise

Pray

Schedule quiet time

Take a hot bubble bath or long warm shower

Listen to soothing music

Sit by the water (mini waterfall, river, lake, stream or ocean)

Yoga/stretching

Give yourself the mental space to process what’s happening around you without assigning emotions to the activity.It has taken me a long time to learn how not to assign emotions to everything. Remaining in a relaxed space is important so that you can absorb everything that’s going on, be non-judgmental about it, and see the subtleties as they reveal themselves.

So, when is a sign a sign?

I have multiple examples of God sending me signs about something. Most of the time I listened but Lord knows I truly have paid the price when I second-guessed what was happening and did not heed the warning. One very clear example of God presenting me with the sign is the time when I was determined to go to the next step in my radio career.

At the time I was working at WRTI Temple University’s public radio station while I was in grad school and working two additional jobs along with one and a half internships. Yeah, I know I’ve always been very busy. But I had a plan and that plan included strategic steps to make my way into a commercial FM radio station. I had the opportunity to interview for a promotion position at B 101.1 FM.

I remember being a little nervous about the interview and I shared my concerns with one of my co-workers at wrti. It was Springtime and we were chatting outside, lo and behold a bumble bee, which I’m highly allergic to, is floating around me and sits on my shoulder ever so gently.

At first I began to freak out but I remember to take some deep breaths. The bee did not sting me and it wasn’t even aggressive. It’s that on my shoulder as if we were old friends and I remember thinking oh my God this is a sign. About a minute later the beach looks like and I stood there looking at my coworker and he said to me well I think you got your answer. Sure enough a few weeks later I found out I got that job. I didn’t need to freak out about what was already in the works.

Staying in constant contact and prayer with God is key to being able to calmly receive and interpret signs when they reveal themselves. My life is filled with examples like the one I just presented and I want to share with you that if we waste our time on the worrying and the second-guessing we will miss those moments that’s actually guide us to where we need to be.

I‘ve learned to trust my initial instincts about things learn my lessons and move on. Take a few moments and think about subtle things that may have happened that gave you an indication of which way to go if you were questioning a decision. did you recognize the subtlety as a sign would you brush it off and think you were crazy?  if you are a worry wart take a few moments today to learn how to relax and just open your eyes. Honest to God, the answers you seek are right in front of you.

Please feel free to share any of your I Saw the Sign moments and how you learned how to trust them. Share your experience in the comments below.

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