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{S} is for Signs: #AtoZChallenge

{S} is for Signs

“All you have to do is to pay attention; lessons always arrive when you are ready, and if you can read the signs, you will learn everything you need to know in order to take the next step”  ~ Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

Do you watch for the signs strewn across your path? Every day the universe communicates  to us in different languages, through different people or sources, like nature, a song on the radio, a line from a book you are reading, an incident that you witnessed etc. It is up to us to be mindful and watchful, to listen and notice the signs that we encounter in our everyday journey of life. These signs if paid attention to, can transform our lives for the better. Sometimes these signs are plain mystical, just a way of the universe to drive home a message.

On a gloomy day when all seemed to go awry, I was driving out to run some errands. The radio started playing one of my favourite Beatles song, “Here comes the Sun.” Something moved within me. I smiled a little more, and stopped moping. I looked at the brighter side of the day and all the things that were going right for me. There was an instant shift in my energies and the way I was feeling. Fortunately for this sign; in the form of a lovely, uplifting song, my day turned out to be a fairly optimistic one.

On another occasion we were driving on the Nashik highway, to the Triyambakeshwar temple for a puja (prayer) ceremony that was specifically done for Lord Shiva and his snake god, the cobra. Our driver swerved the car very abruptly. I was jolted out of my reverie. He said he had just saved a hooded cobra that was sitting by the road side. This was such a mystical sign. Most drivers would not pay heed and would have crushed the poor creäture, but this guy had been attentive and swerved just in time. I thought this was such an all-encompassing sign, especially when we were on our way for a specific puja.


Being open to various signs and omens from the universe can be so uplifting. It can create a positive shift in our day-to-day lives. It can even guide us to the path of success.

Today is an oddly windy day. The wind is bellowing like a banshee and banging on my glass doors; as I sit typing this AtoZ post. Is that a sign you ask? Yes, for me it is. I construe it as a sign that tells me to not get affected by the challenges of life, or the harsh, unkind words of the people around me. Instead, it guides me to listen to my heart and continue to give life my utmost best. It tells me to stay resolute, irrespective of the circumstances.


Did you receive a sign from the universe, today? Or in the recent past? What did it tell you? Did it create an energy shift? These are a few things I would love to hear from you. In case you haven’t, keep your eyes and ears open, as the universe conspires in mystical ways to communicate with us. Happy sign spotting!




My theme for this year’s Blogging from A-Z Challenge is April Anecdotes. These are twenty-six compelling tales of some real people, and some not so real people. These tales will be surreal, peppered with a dose of non-fiction, but some might just be a figment of my over active imagination. You can read my theme here.

You can read my previous posts from #AtoZChallenge2018 here:

A is for Anachronism or Misplaced in Time?

B is for Burden or Unburden?

C is for Control

D is for Destiny’s Child

E is for Enchantment

F is for Far from the Maddening Crowd 

G is for Goblins, Gnomes and Gypsy Spirits

H is for Heart, Mind and Soul


K is for Kiss

L is for Love Conquers All

M is for Mystic’s Magic

N is for Never Say Never

O is for One With Nature

P is for Painted Not Tainted

Q is for Queer and Quirky

R is Reminiscing the Yesteryears


18 thoughts on “{S} is for Signs: #AtoZChallenge

  1. How we frame our lives is essential to perception. As a student of semiotics, I know we are active in creating the world around us by how we interpret signs and signals. If we see an indexical sign pointing to something, we usually can find that something.

  2. Yes yes yes,… have felt these signs, its like as though the universe is talking to me, trying to communicate. I try to sense them, well most of the time, … and realise one thing that life is all about sensing, whats around you and within you

  3. Yes especially for an optimist, these little events come as reminders to us to remain positive, and at times even course correction. Your positivity echoes here. God bless.

  4. Oh yes, I believe in signs from the Universe. The Universe is always listening to us and sending us signs through people/incidents that what we are hoping for is just around the corner. We just need to be patient, and patience is such a great virtue! I mostly come across signs in the form of words I come across in a post (like this one), or in the newspapers I read every morning or even a line from a movie I might be watching. I hold on to that sign and I hold on to my dreams and my hope!

    Beautiful post, Natasha! As always!

  5. I’m not too much into the mystical stuff myself, and maybe that is a good thing, because being blessed/cursed with an overactive imagination, everything would appear to be a sign to me, and I would never stop second-guessing 🙂

  6. Be observant when you’re traveling. For example, seeing the aftermath of an accident can indicate that you need to slow down in your own life. Just as you’re walking by, a lamp dies without reason. This can have something to do with the electronic impulses of your brain. Although overheard conversations might seem like they’re nothing to do with you, the truth is that they can be broadcasts that the universe wants you to hear. Do you think it’s just a coincidence that your phone disconnected from the internet just as you clicked send? Or could it be the Universe trying to stop you from going down the wrong path?- These are few of the signs I truly believe in. They can tell you what you need, provide inspiration, and even guide you away from potential mistakes you could have otherwise made along the way.

  7. I receive signs every day, but have difficulty finding meaning. I will read about an Indian actress, popular there, but unknown to me, an American, and open a magazine to see her picture. Or talk with my husband about someone to turn on the TV and something significant has happened to them.
    Every day. I wish I could use this power for good. 🙂

  8. I love this post of yours which you have written with so much care and inserted the lovely images as well. Signs are something I believe in wholly.
    I was looking through my photos to see what i could use for this A to Z Challenge when up popped a photo of a friend I haven’t been in touch with for a year. I began to talk to my daughter about why we were out of touch. Half an hour later, the friend messages me. Lovely coincidence, or was the photo a sign that its time to re connect.

  9. Yes, the macrocosm is always sharing with us in subtle ways. The controls are with us to pick up the subtle signals, to respond, address and craft out a life that works for us….so empowering in thought and in practice!

  10. You really are in tune with the Universe. I look for signs everyday but sometimes can’t seem to make anything out of them. But you’re right about songs and the emotions they evoke . Whenever I hear a happy song from my past , I know something good is coming my way. Your post too is a sign that I should look to the Universe for guidance

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