If you're looking for a sign... this is it.

by Angela Swanson

If you're looking for a sign, this is it

Life sure speeds along, doesn’t it? Before you know it, the kids are in college and you’re feeling (and looking) older - more and more like your parents. If you’re lucky, you still have your parents around.

Recently, my mother passed away unexpectedly. It was a shock that really brought my focus and attention to the preciousness of life. Needless to say, I am heart-broken to lose her so soon and without the chance to say goodbye and tell her I love her in person.

A great comfort for me has been my spiritual life and the understanding that the energy of my mother is not gone. In fact, I felt her spirit alive with me as she transitioned and I continue to feel her presence every day. I guess that’s why I’m doing ok. I miss her so much and would give anything to talk to her… but then I realize I can do that now even though it’s not the same as picking up the phone and hearing her voice. Oddly, in a way, she’s never been nearer to me and I feel very close to her in our “new” relationship.

Death's gift to us.

All this to say - death clarifies things. It urges you to do those things you’ve always dreamed about. It makes you want to no longer compromise on what matters most to you - things like adventure, beauty, connection, freedom, joy.

Maybe this is something your heart longs for, too. But when you allow yourself to consider it, your mind quickly interferes with, “But how?” And then all the fears creep in and stomp out that flicker of excitement and possibility.

We must overcome this life-draining fear. Maybe you’ve heard this before, “Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real.” And yet we believe it wholeheartedly and let it drive our life.

This is something we all do and I’d venture to say it’s the purpose of our life to overcome our fears and live bigger, live better, live to our full potential. What that looks like for me is probably different than what it looks like for you. But I think we can agree that as long as we’re living from the wisdom of our heart and getting in tune with our soul, no matter what we do, we’ll shine.

Now is the future in the making.

Today is the day you can start. Ask yourself a few questions and see what comes up for you:

  • What do I really want? What are my heart’s desires?
  • What can I do today to move in the direction of those desires?
  • What/who matters to me the most?
  • At the end of my life, what do I NOT want to regret?
  • What is life asking of me?

I believe the beginning of change starts with stillness. Be alone, get quiet. Reflect. Feel the energy of life within you. Don’t analyze, just be. Then… after stillness…. consider the actions you can take today that will bring you closer to the life you want tomorrow.

Don’t waste your precious time. And don’t be afraid. As long as we’re alive, we might as well be living.

Till next time,