“Words are but the signs of ideas.”
— Samuel Johnson
I signed up today.
It was my first day to update the reader board at my daughter’s school. It was remarkably easy and only took about 20 minutes to do. Naturally, I added a tweak or two but nothing outlandish. 🙂
Signs are remarkable inventions. We use them everyday, but rarely give any thought to their history.
Cavemen drew pictures on walls. Merchants hung pictures of their wares to a largely illiterate populace. Governments posted directional and safety signs. Casinos built enormous neon signs to lure gamblers.
All of these signs convey ideas. And ideas are powerful. Pictures of hunts on walls conveyed life and death. A beer mug signified refreshment. An arrow to the left means the road turns. And a giant neon cowboy screamed good times.
What if opportunities were not just ideas, but signs? What if every time a possibility to improve our lives sprung up, a billboard sprung up beside it?
That would sure make it easier to see opportunities. The only problem is that the billboards would be *everywhere* because everyday there are opportunities to improve our lives by giving more and helping the people around us.
The next time you see that opportunity, don’t wait for a billboard to direct you.
Updated the reader board at my daughter’s school and took the opportunity to give a little back.
Sometimes we notice these opportunity signs only when we bump into them, or when somebody hits us on our heads with one – and usually we react by complaining : )
Yes. So true!
Here’s an interesting utube video about signs/pictures in France! http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/world/2011/09/27/bittermann-france-post-it-wars.cnn#/video/world/2011/09/27/bittermann-france-post-it-wars.cnn
Love it! 🙂