Finding Clues of Guidance in the Midst of Everyday Life

I have just returned from BookExpo America (BEA), the book industry’s annual event held this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where I went to promote the debut of my book, Inner Architect: How to Build the Life You Were Designed to Live. I expected the experience to be one of value, learning, and building relationships. What I didn’t expect was to discover what occurred to me while I mentally noted the highlights of the event during our final day. As I focused on these highlights, I saw a common thread that weaved throughout the launch of my book that would have totally bypassed my consciousness had I not stopped to casually review. I believe this common thread provides a direction for me that I would not have taken seriously had the energy of life not have shoved it in my face.

I’d like to share my clues and my perception of the guidance they provide, and then invite you to look at recent, or not so recent, events in your life where there might be direction sitting there for you.

Clue #1: My company, inner architect, published the book using a standard off-set printer who specializes in the book industry. Upon our request for production samples, the printer we ultimately chose sent us two books published by Hay House. I didn’t think anything more about this at the time than the printer wanted to promote that they had a well known, prestigious client.

Clue #2: Louise Hay author and founder of Hay House, happened to be autographing books in the Hay House booth at BEA while my partner, Dean and I walked by. Dean took my bashful arm and led me to stand next to him in the line to meet Louise. When it was our turn to greet her, Dean introduced me and thanked her for the inspiration she provided to us to launch our publishing company. Once again, I didn’t take this for anything more than shear luck of being in the right place at the right time to meet Louise Hay, a woman I respect and honor for her contribution to the human development movement.

Clue #3: Later that day at BEA we stopped to talk with a man promoting international distribution services. We proudly showed him our new book and he responded with a comment about it being along the lines of what Hay House publishes. He went on to tell us that a company that had recently lost the Hay House account would likely welcome something to replace it. I felt encouraged by his comment, yet didn’t see the meaning in this exchange until I put all three of these clues together.

My interpretation of these clues: I was led to look at a woman who I deeply admire as a model for my own work in a way that I had never considered on my own.

What to take away from my experience:

  1. Look at the events that unfold in your life as having meaningful messages for you.
  2. Take the messages that you interpret seriously, even if they seem grander than visions you’ve created for yourself.
  3. Trust that these messages are meant to lead you in the direction where you will find the most fulfillment.
  4. Believe that you are capable in carrying out these messages and commit to doing the steps that will see it through.

9 thoughts on “Finding Clues of Guidance in the Midst of Everyday Life

  1. Hi Susan,
    Just happened upon your site quite by accident. I totally agree with you and am struck by how your thoughts marry mine though expressed in a completly different way. I too have written a book and have produced it as a blog to spread a little happiness around the world as I know we all just really want to be happy.
    Well done, will go now and read up on your site.
    Best of luck

  2. Hi Sheila,

    Thanks for stopping to introduce yourself and your blog. I, too, see the synergy in our ideas. You have a beautiful blog that I feel called to add to my blogroll.

    Best to you,
    Susan

  3. Susan,
    Delighted that you have seen fit to make me a new addition, I have also added you on mine!
    Sheila

  4. Susan,

    Hello, Richard Whackman here. I got to your blog through an “automatically generated link” and I can see why. I sometimes write on the subject of human happiness / psychology and just posted something about an experience that led me to similar conclusions to the 4 points ending your post.

    I think what you’re doing is important, necessary, positive and helpful, among other things. We all need to take a good look at what makes us happy and what doesn’t. I know how easy it is to fall into a miserable state of mind and think the sort of guidance you’re offering can help avoid some of this.

    Here’s to being our own “inner architect”.

  5. Richard,

    Thank you for your kind feedback. I feel very blessed to do what fulfills me so deeply and helps other people as well.

    Back at you with being an inner architect!

    Best wishes,
    Susan

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