A friend of mine was wondering out loud a few weeks ago if she was missing the signs.
Now, I may have been more aware since we talked about it, but I answered by saying what I still believe:
signs are easy to miss, they tend to be subtle (unless you’re the main character of a movie, there won’t be any flashing neon lights or arrows pointing towards the right direction).
This makes signs more of a big deal when we actually recognize them (in time).
Yesterday, as I turned the page of my wonderful Book Lover’s Calendar from February to March, the picture and quote of the month stood out more than in the previous two months of 2011.
The picture is of the Chapter One Restaurant’s sign in Dublin. Of course the name is what caught my attention and slowly sank in – “Chapter One”. The first chapter, the beginning of a journey – both literally and figuratively.
As I read the quote of the month at the bottom of the page, I realized - it couldn’t possibly be more spot on as I’m traveling to Paris for a long weekend this Friday.
"If you take a book with you on a journey,…an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it…yes, books are like flypaper–memories cling to the printed page better than anything else."
— Cornelia Funke (Inkheart)
I’ve already decided (last week actually) which books I’m taking with me.
And then, this morning I came across this post from Daisy Janie and fell in love with that last locket cover. Leap! (I sooo want one of those!)
Now, separately I might be inclined to brush them off as mere coincidences.
I mean I find/see/read stuff I like/inspires me and which could be in some way applied to my life on a regular basis.
However, stringing all of these together in an under 24 hours period…
Is it just me, or is the Universe trying to tell me something? ;)
PS: I’ll be offline for about a week, but I’ll try to tweet about my trip once a day if I can.