Ah, life. It’s full of so many distractions. It’s hard to keep track of the breaking news announcements, tweets, posts, pins, emails, texts, pings, and still pay attention to the world around you. I’m guilty of it. So many times I’ve arrived at home and I can’t remember driving the 14 miles from work because my mind was elsewhere. We become so stuck in our patterns and habits and distractions that we don’t see the world around us.
I have a few friends who are constantly seeing signs from the spirit world. They find feathers, see shadows move across the wall, notice lamps that turn on and off by themselves. Many have asked “what can I do so that I see these things.” The first step in the right direction is to pay attention to the world around you. If you see something Â out of the corner of your eye, look toward it. Don’t dismiss it. Case in point…
I have my business card taped to my phone. Yes, it’s my card because I have a horrible memory. After 15 years in the publishing world, 14 of them being a non-fiction editor, that’s a whole lot of manuscripts and information in my brain. Anyway, so the card is taped to my phone, right underneath the keypad. A couple weeks ago I was at my desk, working on my computer, and I see movement out of the corner of my eye. I looked to my phone and the business card was flapping up and down. There are no air vents directly above me, and in order for the card to move as it was doing, someone had to be lifting it from the bottom and flicking it upward.Â I was the only one in my department at the time, so I knew it wasn’t a coworker playing a practical joke, which would have to have been elaborate and involved fishline. I stared at it for a few seconds, while it was flapping away and then it stopped. There are a few resident spirits in the office, but I hadn’t been bothered by them for a while, so I thought it must have been a spirit just fooling with me. I didn’t pay too much attention to it, but later in the day, when all my coworkers were around and again, I was focused on my computer, I caught something out of the corner of my eye. Yup, it was my business card doing the exact same thing. I watched it until it stopped, and then turned and told my coworker across the cubicle aisle. I could tell she was a bit freaked, and I was more curious as to who was trying to get my attention.
This wasn’t the first time I’ve had something like this happen at work. Once I was typing away and a big gush of air blew past me. A photo that was on my desk fell over, and it happened to be of a friend of mine who passed away in 2005. I said her name out loud, asked if it was her, and my arms broke out in goosebumps. I knew it was her just saying hello. Her photo didn’t fall over with the card, but it still could have been her just saying hey. She’s done that as well at my apartment. She gave me a little stuffed moose, and I found it in the middle of my bedroom floor one day. My cat is a bit too old and fat to hop up on my bookshelf to knock it down, so I marked it up as my friend saying that she was here and still with me.
We miss so much when we’re so wrapped up in our lives. Today I went for a walk around the building, chatting away with a friend. A coworker went out right after I did and saw three bald eagles flying around. Did I even notice them? No. Did I look into the sky? I can’t even remember. I really need to work on seeing what is going on around me. I might be missing other signs of spirits trying to say hello, or the beauty of nature when spring FINALLY may be here in the Midwest.