By now, you must know that I’m a BIG believer in signs.
I like to think of life as leaving bread crumbs along the way to help us find our way home. But it’s hard to tell sometimes isn’t it? Is a bread crumb just a bread crumb or is it a divine sign that you’re on the right path?
If you’re confused about what your true purpose in life is and wonder if you’re even in the vicinity of your calling, then this post may help you.
This weekend I did what my soul was crying out for-I went to find salvation in an old rustic cottage in Point Reyes. You may have remembered that I traveled there before. This time, however, instead of a birthday celebration, I was on a writer’s retreat.
Tucked inside a warm cozy cottage I sat with blanket over my lap, my laptop on hand, a cup of hot tea, and a view of these three pals for support:
But it wasn’t the only 3 things that helped me this weekend. Wait to you hear this!
I have been reading a book appropriately titled Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life (I highly recommend it by the way). Every page I read seems to be reflective of what’s going on in my life.
When I got to the cottage, I read a page on spiritual retreats. After hiking in Point Reyes, I read another passage on the positive impact of nature on finding your calling. Then, the BIGGIE!
My husband and I left the cottage, passing for a gazillion times this quaint sign:
We saw it on our first trip and I admired it again on this recent one. We were on our way to the small town of 300 people in Point Reyes Station. Since I adore bookstores, I headed there first, welcoming the warm air and smell of old books.
I went straight to the writing section and peeked through their small, but unique selection of old and new finds. That’s when I saw a best-selling book The Writing Life by Annie Dillard, an author I had never heard of. I spent an hour flipping through the thin paperback and feeling inspired to get it. It was a used copy with watermarks and an old newspaper article someone had cut up and left there. It was filled with so much emotions about being a writer and in such a shabby chic shape that I almost bought it, had it not been for the $5 price tag, almost 5 times as much as the under a dollar find online.
So we left the store and the book and I went our separate ways.
That evening I holed up in the cottage reading another page of Callings and then stumbled upon this quote: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” And it was by Annie Dillard.
I was dumbfounded by the coincidence. Was it a coincidence or was this a sign that I needed to start taking my life day by day to make great changes in my life?
It was enough of a coincidence (3 to be exact-sign, bookstore, the book) that made me think it was the latter.
If you’re on a mission for change, looking for answers, need a sign to help you on your way, then start being a detective of your life. Open your mind like a child, have an intention of what you’re searching for, go somewhere quiet and peaceful so you can hear the subtle whispers. And when you find it, listen to it. The more you listen to the bread crumbs you get, the more you will see them and start picking up on the right ones to help guide your life.