People, who believe in signs, see them everywhere. The folks, who don’t believe in signs, never see them. I fall somewhere in between these two poles. Actually, I’m probably closer to the latter end of that bell curve. My thought is the Divine would speak to us very clearly. Knowing us to be imperfect beings; why would this mighty teacher risk having the lessons misinterpreted? The instructor knows her students. We are slackers. She would spell it out or sound it out (remember phonics when you were learning to read) to ensure that we get it. Understanding subtle symbolism is the core of a good reader with excellent comprehension and imagination. Most of us could benefit from a remedial course.
As I said, I’m not a total non-believer in signs; because I know any teacher worth their weight would use all the resources available to get through to their students. The best teachers know their students intimately and will meet them where they are; using the teaching techniques that are best suited for the individual pupil. If the student learns best through play – the lesson plan will include a game. If the student is a visual learner – she’ll pull out posters and videos from her arsenal. So I’m willing to believe that sometimes the Divine will hide the lesson in a sign; leaving it for us to discover the hidden message.
I discovered a sign on, of all days, April Fool’s Day. That was the day I set forth on a journey across the United States via train (Click here to start the journey). I was fulfilling a dream; I was traveling solo; and I was feeling all the adjectives that you could feel (I love when that happens). As I boarded the train I was happy and eager but I was also anxious and a little nervous about this trip. I don’t know if it was environmental or psychological, but once I settled into my seat on the train, I became overheated. I removed my coat to put it in the overhead storage area. As I removed the contents of my coat pocket, so nothing would fall out and be lost, I received a sign so clear and reassuring, it was as if the Divine teacher was whispering in my ear and giving a private lesson. After a few tears of joy I reached for my cellphone and took this picture.
For this week’s photo challenge here is a photo of the tiny label I found in my coat pocket. I took the lesson to mean…you go girl!!! I’ve been going ever since. Lesson learned.
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