Do you believe?
There are signs everywhere.
Do you see them as such?
If you do, then you must believe they are signs.
But who determines what the signs mean?
To each his own?
Are there rules?
Some easy ones:
The palm of your hand itches:
You are coming into money.
You are going to have company.
I’ve heard both explanations and neither has been the case for me.
So far, it Just means my damned hand itches.
Ringing in your ears:
Someone is talking about you.
Oh yeah? Not anything to do with that 44 magnum you used for target practice, because it’s very important you know how to blow that poor tree to smithereens?
Whatever you say.
A black cat crosses your path:
Well shit, I can have bad luck without a furry black puss within a 1,000 miles…so what gives?
But I’m guessing you get the idea.
Okay, so what of symbols?
Who decided what these ‘designs’ are symbols for?
Can we choose our own?
Can I say I like roosters so I’ve decided they are a symbol of love or happiness or well-being?
The Greeks decided the cock was the symbol of victory over the night.
Hell…if anything I’d say he’s more a sign of him fucking up your morning (no pun intended)
But that’s just me.
We wear moons and stars in our ears…you wear one, he/she will wear one.
The universe is yours or maybe you see the moon/stars in each others eyes?
More like, I’m a cheap bastard and I’m only buying one set, you wear one and I’ll wear one. How about that?
We wear others too…either ones we’ve chosen, or others have chosen for us.
A bracelet with a circle:
Meant to symbolize the circle of life?
Well, besides being ever thankful for the heartfelt gift and the generosity behind the giving…I can honestly say the one that’s been on my wrist for months now, has pretty much been my symbol for life going round in circles.
And personally, that fits.
Or hey…what of a piece with an infinity ∞ symbol:
Always and Forever?
Hell to the No…not in my experience and don’t believe it likely is for many.
We wear rings on our fingers…left hand, third finger:
It could mean death, certainly…see below
Symbol of fidelity?
Sure, but only if you remember to take it off first, or leave it on and face the possibility of death…unnatural death that is.
The beginning and the end with just one?
Sure…one at a time.
You kiss someone and you hear thunder claps and see lighting strikes:
That person is The One; your Soul-mate.
Um, listen up folks…it means get your ass inside dummies.
I don’t mean to be judgmental. I do believe in live and let live and to each his own.
I also believe there are times when signs and symbols get in the way of seeing life for what it is; seeing things for what they are.
Not hoodoo voodoo.
Not some preordained circumstance formed in the heavens waiting for the right moment to ‘come out’.
No…I think looking for / believing in / abiding by signs is too easy a trap to fall into for those looking for reasons for and meanings to, the things that occur in our lives, good or bad.
Shit happens…now there’s a sign I can live with
And I also think attributing symbolic meaning to the shapes and designs of life, can lead you down a path of missing the forest for the trees.
Of letting someone else do the thinking for you.
For me, I’d rather see something for what it is, appreciate it’s natural (or man-made) beauty in its own light, for its own sake, than believe it means something someone I’ve never met…will never meet…and believe knows enough nothing of my life to have a say about what I should think of it.
At least, that’s me now. No signs – No symbols – Just life
Just a mind wandering and pondering on a Saturday afternoon.
Um, helloooooooo Saturday. 🙂
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.