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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Follow the Signs
In an old Steve Martin film, LA Story, his character is asking for a “sign.”
He finds it on the side of a freeway, a blinking directional sign, a kind of modern oracle to guide him.
I can relate.
In times when life seemingly presents no answers, I grope for them anyway and somehow they appear when I least expect them and in the unlikeliest of places.
Coming from the doctor’s office, something prompts me to glance at the rear window of the car beside mine, with a sticker that asks, “Have you thanked God today?”
There it is—the message at a time when I’m at a loss for solutions to my child’s serious health problem.
And the signs and their messages keep coming. After an eye-check up, I glance at a parked car’s bumper which shouts,
“Got Faith?” More questions to remind me that I have the answers within me.
Driving on the way to teach my multi-cultural, adult college class of Muslims, Hispanics, African-Americans, and Caucasians: a composite of soldiers back from multiple Middle East tours of duty; single parents, some never been married; some from inner-city projects and gangs; some who have served time—all wanting better lives through education and a coveted degree.
It’s a daunting challenge and responsibility to teach to this diverse population and their mismatched skill levels.
I’m waiting at a stoplight thinking about this night’s class, and to my right I see a church’s corner sign that reads, “Do More Good.”
No specifics, no details or steps to take…just do more good. Seems so simple, yet profound, reminding me of what I can do.
I have learned that when I need them, the signs appear. I just have to follow them.
Erana Leiken, principal of Tiger Marketing, is a marketing and PR consultant and freelance writer. She also teaches communication courses at the University of Phoenix and Web marketing and interactive content for the Art Institute of Phoenix.
Formerly an NBC reporter, magazine editor, and Web business writer, she is writing creative nonfiction and doing Web consulting. See www.tigermarketing.com.