The Signs You Refuse to See

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To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle”- George Orwell

Our office is above a Vinnies (Charity) Store. Our front door is in an alcove adjacent to the shop. Many mornings our doorstep is piled high with clothes or all manner of flotsam and jetsam that people are too obdurate to dispose of more thoughtfully. Many “donations” have value, but there’s a shedload that need to be thrown out at Vinnie’s expense. Over the years, numerous signs have been posted, requesting people change their behaviour. Polite signs. Blunt signs. Elaborate signs. Signs explaining the problems created by dumping. Signs asking them to drop by donations in opening hours. Many many signs.

Signs go ignored.

Stories are invented around the signs.
“They don’t apply to me.”
“I’m doing them a favour, there’s some good stuff there. I’m sure there’s someone that would like that unique and desirable piece.”
“There’s no other option.”

Ultimately, people don’t want to see or read the signs.
They contradict the actions they want to take. It’s too hard to follow the sign. They point them to actions they may know to be right but are resisting. They’re hiding from them.

We all have these signs in our life. Signs we refuse to see. Directional signs pointing us down paths seemingly too difficult to follow and yet we know them to be heading us in the right direction.

I’m curious, what are the signs you refuse to see?

First step. You have to read the sign.

What does it say?

Second step. What might be the first, small step you could take, to follow the sign? What is the small step you could take today?

Now commit to it and do it.

Want to know more about me? I’m Michael & I’m a co-founder & architect at Redshift Architecture & Art, and founder & coach at Ed Shift.

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