Seeing Warning Signs Along a Path and Altering Our Course; Or Not.

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'When you're in a hole, don't dig it deeper.
How many of us are well aware of that saying and yet, when the universe is screaming at us in every way it can to notify us we're on the wrong path, we continue down it anyways?

I know I've been guilty of doing this exact thing many times in my life and it's usually been because I didn't want to face realty.
The image that I had painted of the situation in my mind's eye or that someone else had painted for me, was far more appealing than the cold hard facts that were staring me in the face, and so I chose to continue to dig the hole deeper all the time convincing myself that the hole was only a figment of my imagination.

I've gone down many wrong roads because of this way of thinking, and when I reflect back, it usually came down to a failure to acknowledge the warnings the universe was setting out in front of me.

In the end, I not only ended up hurting myself, I ended up indirectly hurting others as well.
All of this could have been avoided had I been willing to not only listen to the various warning messages, but also been willing to heed them.

I read an interesting quote today, and as I reflected on it first thing this morning, it struck me as how true this really is.

"We are given the gift of sight to test us as to whether or not we have the wisdom to rise above that which we observe."~James Arthur Ray


Think about that. Really think about it.
I interpret this 'gift of sight' to be not only our physical eyes, but also our intuition, gut instinct and reasoning powers.

How often do we receive a loud message via one of those 'gifts of sight' and yet choose to ignore it or pretend we didn't see it?  This can apply to anything in life that affects us or those around us in any way.

We see or sense or reason something wrong is happening, and yet we choose to turn the other way rather than doing something about it. In the end, more people or we ourselves, are further damaged or affected negatively by the thing that is wrong.

What if the universe has put the true sight of a particular situation in our path for a reason? What if we're the only one to have been shown the 'truth' and yet we've chosen to ignore it or disregard it as something that we're not willing to get involved with?

What are the repercussions down the road for ourselves and others? Are we then just as guilty for allowing this thing to go on without taking a stand against it or without altering the course of our own actions even though we've been given a warning?




Jo-Anne Smith, the author of this article, is a REALTOR® with Royal Lepage ProAlliance Realty, Brokerage, in Belleville, Ontario (soon to be the Burlington/Oakville area of Ontario) and welcomes your real estate inquiries. To contact her, visit

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Comments (45)

Barrie Clulow
My Time Is My Own - Uxbridge, ON

Jo - Life for some is like being a horse in a buggy race. They strap on the blinders so they can not see what is going on around them, build fences and run on a narrow track so they can not be influenced by outside sources, have someone or something driving them to the goal ahead of those running the race with them.

It's time for us to stop running in circles and get off the track. Get back out in the fields where we can encounter life and all that goes with it. It's is time to open our eyes to the world around us to see what is happening, to what the signs are telling us is likely going to happen and preparing for it.

Sep 28, 2008 01:59 AM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Very thought provoking post Jo .....Choices in life are not easy! But no wisdom comes from ease....and Nothing is a coincidence. We are all put in places/situations for a reason or to learn something..... if our gut warns us.... have courage - here's one of my favorite quotes :)

"Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow" - Dorothy Thompson

I'll keep you in my prayers - may you overcome what has been placed on your plate.

Take care



Sep 28, 2008 10:57 AM
Greg Gorman
John R Wood Properties - Naples, FL
Naples Florida Real Estate

Hi Jo-Anne-

It's true. Sometimes we're too busy to realize we are just digging a deeper hole. The quotes also reminded me of these too.

  • There are none so blind than those who will not see
  • There are none so deaf than those who will not hear
  • Those too close to the forest cannot see the trees

Thanks for sharing & greetings from Paradise.

Realtor Greg Gorman & Realtor David Burke Present Naples Florida Real Estate

Sep 28, 2008 09:49 PM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


Be gentle with may have had your head in the sand, however perhaps you were grounded in the belief of the goodness of things due to the fact that we see things as we ourselves are, not as they actually are.

The financial crisis is widespread in this global economy and Ontario's economy is currently suffering greatly too, pretty much on par with many of the states. We are inextricably tied to the USA and it has never been more evident than now, so we're all in this together.

I think it's wondeful that you're voicing your concern...far too few people do and this is at the root of many quandaries; too few people willing to take a stand before it's too late.



Sep 29, 2008 12:04 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


In times of crisis, I always remember a quote that I came across long ago. It's simply 'Courage, my love.'

Courage is always so freeing and once we cross that thresh-hold that courage brings us across, everything seems to begin falling into place before us.

I admire greatly people who are of courage.

thank you for visiting and for your comment that caused me to ponder over 'courage' and it's meaning this morning,


Sep 29, 2008 12:10 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


Thank you for your thought patterns are aligned with yours on this subject.


Sep 29, 2008 05:14 AM
Steven Nickens
Wailea Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

What a thought provoking article. I had to read all the comments because I see a lot of wisdom being poured out. Okay I am going to butcher this but it goes something like God grant me the wisdom to change the things I can. The wisdom to leave things along which I can't change and the wisdom to know the difference between the two.  Some one help me on this.  I have learned to try and listen to God's voice speaking to me. The only problem is when I am not paying attention is when I get in trouble.  Reading the signs can save us a lot of pain. I like the movie with Jim Carey when he is yelling at God, speak to me as he is driving by a truck load of signs saying wrong way, do not enter. Kind of funny movie. Good article.

Sep 29, 2008 10:29 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


Excellent advice for anyone in a quandary and not knowing which way to turn. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.



Sep 29, 2008 11:07 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


What a beautiful comment....and so very true. Thank you for your wonderful words of inspiration, and yes, I've given great thought to them and they've brought clarity to many things that have been on my mind lately.


Sep 30, 2008 12:08 PM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


What a beautiful much wisdom. I came across an interesting quote this week, twice in fact~ Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow. Norman Vincent Peale.

thank you for stopping by!


Sep 30, 2008 11:49 PM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


hello! good quotes and timely wisdom for everything that is going on in the world today...thank you for visiting this post,



Sep 30, 2008 11:53 PM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

hi Steven,

Amazing how many quotes and verses there are that all say the same thing using different ways. It seems to be all about doing our best to follow the guidance we are given and then accepting what comes to be.

I'm a big fan of Jim Carey and enjoyed that part too. Jim Rohn is one of my business gurus and some of his wisdom applies here too...namely:

"Learn to discipline your disappointment and keep on sowing, because you didn't set up the set up." ~Jim Rohn

thanks for stopping by with your very insightful thoughts,



Oct 01, 2008 07:48 AM
Deborah Burroughs
San Diego, CA

Hi Joanne, this makes me think of the Yogi Berra's quote, "If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else." Everyday we are faced with choices... we have to be wise with each one. Great post!! Thanks... Deborah :)

Oct 01, 2008 10:55 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


How true! It reminds me of something my youngest son always says 'If you don't want, you don't get.'. Knowing what you want and where you want to go makes all the difference in the world......



Oct 01, 2008 11:44 PM
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

Jo, your last paragraph reminds me of the famous quotation from Edmund Burke: "All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing."

Oct 02, 2008 04:13 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


That quote is very similar to my last paragraph. Although I wasn't really thinking of 'evil' at the time, it certainly applies there too.
This makes me think of what took place during every genocide of so many cultures/races and people throughout history.


Oct 02, 2008 07:03 AM
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

Exciting and scary thought at the same time......The awesome responsibility and unique vision and gifts we each have as individuals...I was just writing something along these lines....This is very good Jo-Anne - we all say we want to make a difference...........but?

Oct 15, 2008 05:46 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


thank you for the insight you have added with your comment on this post....I believe we have our gifts not only to help ourselves, but moreso to help others. It's a big responsibility to step up and utilize that which we have been given and it is the only way things will ever change. It begins with each one of us.


Oct 16, 2008 05:48 AM
Pam Dent
Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc. - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse

What if the universe has put the true sight of a particular situation in our path for a reason? What if we're the only one to have been shown the 'truth' and yet we've chosen to ignore it or disregard it as something that we're not willing to get involved with?

It can be hard to have the courage to be the one to act when everyone else is going in the other direction.  Basically we all have to do what we think is right, because in the end you have to live with yourself. 

Oct 24, 2008 12:20 PM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

good morning Pam,

How true....your comment reminded me of the poem my Dad gave me a copy of years ago~

The Man in the Glass

thanks for stopping by,


Oct 25, 2008 03:21 AM