One of my most favorite sightings & the perfectly-timed reminder to not abandon myself in the face of an “authority figure’s authority”.
Spotted in Paris, walking through a beautiful “neighborhoody” neighborhood of amazing buildings & architecture… with NO stores anywhere near where this cart happened to be.
I was there working with a mentor, seeking outside help in “…finding my purpose & how to live it…”
Ironically enough, I shared my “sign” of the cart analogy & background story with her- how it came about, etc – (& the subsequent song that was written and recorded that helped bring it to life for me. But that’s for another time…)
Her response was essentially, as I experienced & recall it:
“…it’s time to grow up. That’s a high-school level sense of humor…”
She didn’t “get it”.
And no matter because it wasn’t hers to get.
The sign of random carts being out-&-about, nowhere near a store is for ME, as well as the message that goes w/ it…
Which has actually evolved a bit over the last 6 years, from:
“Don’t abandon yourself”
“Knowing.” — as in a knowing of what’s meant for me, is meant for ME, purpose & all.
No one outside of you or me knows the unique purpose that lives inside of you or me respectively, or how that purpose is to be played out.
And in following her idea of how my purpose was to unfold, I was no longer on the path that had been created for me naturally & the life I was given. I abandoned that path & me in the process because I trusted her knowing of me & the direction of my life over my own.
I detoured, will-powering my way through it… but not for too long, as the emotions & body sensations I felt in response to veering were quite, uh, loud.
And not in the uncomfortable-of-newness kind of way.
More of a this-feels-like-the-wrong-direction kind of way.
And YOU KNOW the difference…
& you can trust that knowing, because it comes from within, therefore it’s meant for YOU.
A loving reminder to discover what’s yours and leave what’s theirs to them.