A few years ago, I started looking for signs. But not your basic street signs. I’m talking about signs that the Universe provides when you ask for them.
Try this experiment:
Ask for something small to start with, like seeing a red flower, a butterfly, or a certain color of car, etc., as you go about your daily life. Put a time limit on it, like 48 hours or even further out, but don’t make it too far in the distance or you might forget you asked and when it shows up, you won’t recognize it. Remember, we have to have “eyes to see.” Is it coincidental that my blog is named Eyes to See? You decide.
I have lots of instances where the Universe has provided. One day I asked to see a yellow butterfly, so I simply asked and went about my business. The next day I had to go to the supermarket and was walking down the cookie aisle when there it was!
Printed right on the package of Oreo cookies was a huge yellow butterfly!!!
What’s the lesson here? Be specific in your request. Maybe I should have asked to see a real live butterfly??? But hey, the Universe answered my call, didn’t it? The key here is to ask and then let go of “how” it’s going to show up. Just look for the signs!
(And who created the Universe? The One who sees all, knows all and loves all. He is also the One who said, “Ask and ye shall receive.)”
It seems as if there are a lot of people feeling an emptiness these days, kind of like being hollowed out. Could it be that they just haven’t found their calling; their purpose? I’ve experienced it myself in the past, which is the reason I hope this post can be of benefit to someone else.
Finding and following your calling is a big part of living with purpose. Finding that calling though, can be a pretty intimidating task, particularly if you put yourself under pressure to come up with the perfect answer right here and right now.
While it’s a goal worth pursuing, it’s also important to realize that it may take time to find your calling. It’s a process that will develop over time, and one that you can’t force. In fact, you shouldn’t. A much better plan of action is to take it one step and one day at a time until your calling becomes clear.
I believe the first, most important step is to get clear about what you really want.
Start With What’s Important To You
A great place to start is to think about what’s important to you. It doesn’t have to be huge or all-consuming. Start with something small. Find a cause you feel drawn to and do what you can to support it. Volunteer … learn more about it and share what you’re learning with others. Support organizations financially if you can.
Maybe this means knitting baby hats for preemies at your local hospital. Or making blankets for the homeless. Maybe it means spending time with an elderly neighbor, or maybe it means saving up for a mission trip next summer.
The most important thing is to simply start and do something. It’s good for your happiness and your health!
Over the years many of my friends and loved ones have given me angels. Maybe they think I need all I can get 🙂 Who knows? But I’ve kept them all. I mean, who would even think of getting rid of an angel, right? I believe we all have a legion of angels, God’s emissaries, who surround us 24/7. Sometimes I even remember to thank mine for always keeping me safe. I really should do that more often. There have been many times in my life that I KNOW FOR SURE I was assisted by the angelic realm. Sometimes in the disguise of human beings. One time in the body of a sweet, grandfatherly man but that’s a story for another time. (I promise I’ll tell you later).
Since I plan to have this blog printed and bound into a book at the end of 2012, I thought it would be appropriate to include my angels. Some are resting (packed away in storage) and some are sprinkled around my house and outside. Today’s photo is my Southwest Angel, who suspends herself right outside my kitchen window. Her wings flow with the breeze and she reminds me to be grateful every day. She’s made of straw and burlap. I added the red chili peppers. I think she likes them. Namaste’
Do you believe in angels? Were you ever helped by an angel? I’d love to hear about your experience with angels.
Wow! Little did I know when I committed to a photo a day for all of this year how fast the time would go. Or how interesting it would become to find things to photograph and then write about them. It’s now Day 100 and I’m still at it … only 266 days to go! Color me more happy, more grateful, more persistent, more creative, and more aware than I was 100 days ago. Life can be such an adventure, even in the tiniest of ways.
Today’s photo is a salute (of my favorite Merlot variety) to all of my fellow 366’ers and blog readers. Bravo to all of you photo bloggers who have hung in there and grown through this process; sharing your hearts and souls with all of us through your photographs. And here’s to all of my other blog readers who have cheered me on and inspired me with your comments. I am humbled and grateful. Cheers and Namaste.
And … as for my reflection on the glass, it brings to mind one of my favorite songs by Fleetwood Mac.