The Universe Is Calling; Answer the Phone
The older I get the more I feel in tune with what the universe is and how it communicates. Now, as it applies to me, when I say "universe" I mean God. But for the sake of promoting broad applicability, let's just say "the universe."
After learning many lessons the hard way, I recognize that most of my bad decisions could have been avoided if I wouldn't have been so reluctant to dismiss the red flags. And quite frankly, most of my good decisions could have been made sooner if I would have just paid attention. Looking back, it's clear to me that in many cases, the universe has attempted to get my attention and I've either been too stubborn, too proud, or too scared to notice.
Think about it - how often have you felt that thing in the pit of your stomach and just dismissed it as gas when in the back of your mind, you know it's the universe telling you to go this way or that? I'm guilty of doing this on more than one occasion and am a witness that when I ignore it, it will come back around again and ultimately I will have to deal with it. Sometimes it's been too late, but sometimes not.
For me it begins with a tap on the shoulder. "Hello, Meaux....it's me...pay attention." If I dismiss it, the next sign is less subtle. Perhaps it's a shake of the shoulder. "Meaux - seriously, pay attention." If dismissed again, the next one is usually more aggressive like a wake-you-from-your-sleep kind of thing. "MEAUX - I'M WARNING YOU." And then finally, if I've been stubborn enough, the universe will forget the pleasantries and slap me in the face - usually I'm in the thick of it by then and the road leading out of or into the thing I've been running to or from is harder to maneuver.
I'll give you an example: I was in a years-long relationship that should have ended within months. But I was not willing to acknowledge the red flags when the universe presented them to me because I was too scared to admit that I was wrong, or too scared to be alone, or too scared to be judged. And let me tell you - the universe had to shake the shit out of me to finally get me to wake the hell up and go. By then, I had paid a heavy cost which I could have avoided by just being present enough to read the signs and heed the call.
Maybe it's a job opportunity you need to finally explore, a trip you need to take, a relationship you need to get out of, a friend you need to let go of, or a health challenge you need to finally get in check. Whatever it is, just know that the universe is going to call (if it hasn't already). You just need to be bold enough and brave enough to answer...
What about you? Have you had this experience? What is the universe trying to tell you?
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