I’m an open person, so when the Universe sends me a sign, I try not to ignore it. I’m sure some of the more subtle ones have rested their hands on my shoulders and have stared into my beady eyes but I’ve shrugged them off and walked away like a zombie. When some signs come in daily succession to slap me upside my head and I still don’t heed their warnings because I disagree with them, some people would call it risky. In this case, I would call it ironic in more than one way.
It all started last week.
I shared how the word Change has changed EVERYTHING. I made the decision to be open to new ideas, take the more difficult road, and whenever I hit a fork, to take the path that I’m resisting. For instance, going to workout instead of sitting at my computer or writing this blog post instead of chilling out on a Sunday morning.
So far, the results of my Word Of The Year have been mind-blowing. For some strange reason by reminding myself of the word CHANGE, I can make myself go to the gym when I’m in a sloth’s headspace, search for different ways to write and blog, even though the tried and true work well enough, and have put myself and my writing projects out there for contests and review.
I’m feeling changed too.
Here comes irony all ready to smack me down.
After blogging Tuesday’s post, I read the newspaper.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Change needs to be looked at carefully before making a decision. Don’t hide your feelings or what you’ve discovered. Transparency will help you evaluate what’s best for you as well as those affected by the choices you make. 3 stars
Wednesday: Another warning.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your desire for change should not overrule making a wise choice. Consider the consequence of your actions before taking part in something that lacks enough facts, verifications or consistency to ensure the risk isn’t too great. Play it safe. 5 stars
Thursday: I laughed out loud.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Make plans, attend meetings and discuss possibilities, but don’t offer personal information or anything that might lock you into something you may decide you don’t want to do. Today is about listening, assessing situations and considering your options. 5 stars
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Consider what you want to do, but don’t lose sight of what others are doing. Protect your reputation, but pay close attention to detail. Take care of your responsibilities personally. Leave nothing to chance, and positive change can happen. 2 stars
Leave nothing to chance? That’s what change is all about.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don’t rely on others to do a job for you. Take charge, get things done to your specifications and keep the ball rolling. Not everyone will like what you do, but it will have more to do with jealousy or feeling threatened. 2 stars
By Saturday it appeared safe to take risks again with the same old Aries warnings for our out-going personalities. We tend to knock down a few pins when we roll the ball.
Did I heed the warnings?
Nope. My horoscopes did nothing to dissuade me from challenging myself in making harder choices to achieve higher goals. I continued to force myself to make a bigger effort. Nothing bad happened. Whew!
Another irony. One of my first blog posts to be recognized was about how my bleak astrological forecast for 2012 inspired me to look up my Chinese horoscope for better results. I held onto the brighter prediction that year. Days later, that article was Discovered by the editors of WordPress.
Or did I?
Last week, as a part of my commitment to WOTY, I responded to a call for local writers and emailed a few links. I thought it would be fun to have my self-effacing, Erma Bombeck-esque misadventures read by a wider audience. Yesterday, I discovered they’re looking for journalists. Dang. Will I do it anyway? Nah… My desire for change has to stay within my goals and keep me on the road to my long-range dreams and aspirations. I won’t make changes that derail me.
Whether my horoscopes strike me upside the head or as funny, I’m not sure they influence me unless they support what I’m already doing. It’s crazy how my WOTY has a much greater influence.
After all these years, nothing has changed. Irony. I love it!
Do you believe in signs? Do you read your horoscope? Did you pick your WOTY?