When You Ignore the Signs

When you ignore the signs even though they're right in front of you! A discussion about horoscopes, Irony, WOTY, and staying on the road to reach your goals! Life lessons, positivity, Motivation, personal growth, self care, wellness, life lessons, live your best life, Susie Lindau's Wild Ride #lifelessons

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.

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Here comes irony all ready to smack me down.

After blogging Tuesday’s post, I read the newspaper.

Tuesday’s horoscope:

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?

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  1. change is the word Susie, Brexit, the wall in Mexico, like trying a new food dish, great post, i am applying for writing jobs myself, just the encouragement I needed, blessings


  2. Thanks for the smile. There’s following the signs, and there’s trusting yourself to know which signs to follow. Life is confusing like that. I rarely read my horoscope– nothing against them, they just don’t call to me. And yes I have a WOTY & it is streamlined. Working on that idea every day, I am.


      1. Oh I talked about it in a blog post in January and decided to define it as: being efficient, with ease of movement, well-organized. However, as the year is progressing I may have to tweak my definition a bit. We’ll see.


        1. That is so cool! Being well-organized saves a ton of time. If I misplace something, it can take hours to find it. I used to be super efficient. Now I’m trying to get extra steps in my house so I make more trips! LOL!

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    1. You can pick a WOTY anytime! It was weird how mine kept tugging at me, whispering in my ear, “change, Change CHANGE!!!!”
      “Okay, okay, I will. Sheesh!”
      What would your word be?


  3. I believe in signs, many times when I’ve considered abandoning a project there will be a sign, quite quickly, that I need to continue. It’s gotten to the point where I react with a smile and say “okay,” I never doubt the sign for a moment.


  4. Do you believe in signs? Yes and at times need to pay more attention. Do you read your horoscope? Every once in a while. Did you pick your WOTY? PLAY. Great Post! Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂


  5. That’s too funny! You get yourself all pumped up for taking on challenges and change, and along comes a horoscope to throw a wrench and a handful of sand into your well-oiled gears. Don’t worry. I know you’re not the superstitious type and won’t listen to this astrology stuff. But then … it never hurts to be careful. (Haha. I love it.)


  6. What’s written in the paper (and now on blogs, in vlogs, etcetera) are very generic. Even reading my sun, moon and ascendant, I STILL feel like I’m not getting the entire picture.

    But I feel like astrology isn’t all that great for prediction, anyway. I had a special Vedic reading done for me a while back that said I’d meet my husband by the end of January. SURPRISE! It’s March fifth and I’m still single. 😂

    Chinese astrology isn’t much better. I’m supposed to be an ox because my birthday fell before CNY 1986, but I feel maybe 5% ox and 95% tiger. I reckon if western astrology can have cusps, so can the Chinese!


    1. They definitely do have cusps. I can’t remember what the Chinese call them.
      You might have met your husband in January but he hasn’t made his move yet. 🙂


      1. The general consensus is that Aquarians are more likely to be Chinese cusps, but I find that limiting. (I don’t want to say, “I am NOT an ox!” because that would be very oxen-like stubbornness. *giggle*)

        There’s also the hour of your birth, but–no offense to Roxy (cutie!)–I don’t feel very doglike, either.

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          1. I like to joke that Cap sun and Leo ascendant mean “look at me follow the rules!” (Cappies being organized, rule-following sorts and Leos being attention-seekers, of course.) Being (at least in part) a fire tiger just adds to the fun. 😉

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  7. I do believe in signs, to get my attention. To get me noticing something I’m not seeing. I don’t read my horoscope these days. I find them far too general and not really geared for me. Much better to listen to my gut, my own intuition.


    1. You sound really good at that. I was super tuned in for a while, but ever since my brother died it has been more difficult. Super weird, right? Anyway, my WOTY is working to get me out of my routines and to push me toward my goals.
      I haven’t read my horoscope since Saturday! I usually forget about it but do find it amusing IF it suits me. LOL!

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    1. And WATCH OUT FOR YOUR EYES!!! Yes, they can be pretty lame and yet the year I met and married my husband, then immediately moved to Colorado, it predicted huge changes in romance and location. LOL! I kept that magazine’s horoscope for a long time.


  8. Interesting post Susie. Not a believer in signs myself as I believe that you make your own luck and your own decisions but fascinating how relevant all of the astrological posts were to you.


  9. You have me smiling reading this post, Susie. I have had a WOTY for at least 20 years. It started with hyperawareness of a word that I couldn’t shake, which sounds a little bit like what’s happening with your word at this time. This is the first year that a word came to me that at the time didn’t make much sense–“liminality.” Amazingly, it has come to mean something pertinent and I keep bumping into the word both written and spoken. The subconscious does a very good job of getting our attention. I am very tuned into signs, and love it when I am confident I’ve noticed one. If you want to maximize on your word potential, look up all the synonyms and claim them, too. 🙂


    1. Love it, Debra! I’ve never heard of liminality and my phone can spell it! 😀 I looked it up and it sounds restrictive and submissive, right?
      Change has continued to shape my year even when it gets uncomfortable.

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      1. And being on the threshold of change! That’s the meaning I tap into the most. In mythology it was often a term used in the phase before a rite of passage. I’m still trying to wrap my senses around it. But I think it’s true for me somehow. 🙂


  10. I rarely read my horoscopes because they always seem to be for somebody else. I’m was born January 22, but nothing seems to apply to me. Maybe because I ignored it in my youth, it is ignoring me in my senior years. You think??


  11. How about this one?:

    Aries: Change is for the stout-hearted. Keep moving through the difficulties and overcome obstacles. Don’t be afraid of something just because it is new or challenging.

    How’s that? Oh where’s it from? Heck, I just made it up!


  12. I used to ignore my instincts or gut feel about some situation but after more than a few occasions when I was proven right and reminded of how I ‘missed’ things, I started trusting my instincts more. I don’t really believe in horoscopes but reading them sometimes can be fun.They seem to hit the bullseye at times 🙂


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