February 23, 2020

I wouldn’t necessarily call my sister Anneclaire “New Age.”


That being said, she’s definitely not NOT “New Age” either. 


From Zumba to Yoga. From to Ayurveda to Astrology. From the meanings of minerals to the benefits of acupuncture, my sister searches for God not just where we were taught to as kids, she searches for God in the ancient, the physical, and the mystical planes as well.     


It’s tremendous. I find her endlessly inspiring. 


For the past several years, I’ve looked at the clock at 12:34 approximately eight times a week. 


You read that right. Almost daily I look at the clock and it’s 12:34. I’m talking middle of the day or middle of the night. It happened again last week when I was talking to Anneclaire on the phone.


“Every day this happens to me,” I shouted in faux disbelief. 


“Everyday what happens?”


I then proceeded to tell her about this weird phenomenon in my life, to which she replied, “Ohhhhhh, that means something.” 


“What does it mean,” I eagerly asked. 


“I don’t know. But I’m going to find out.” 


This morning, a little after 9am, I get a text from Anneclaire. It was a link to an article. “3 Reasons Why You are Seeing 12:34.” It was from a website called Willow Soul. 


I poured myself a cup of coffee, plopped down on the couch, turned on my heating pad, and clicked the link. 


“The Universe is communicating with you all the time…”




“…when you see 1234 it is a message from your guardian angels, or other divine beings…” 




“…that you are on the right track of your life mission.”




“When you see 1234, it’s like you’re given one bread crumb at a time on your journey. You can rest assured that you’re exactly where you are supposed to be at this time of your life.” 


I put down my phone, walked to the kitchen, and poured myself a splash more java. The article was right. I’ve never felt more sure that I’m in the right place, doing the right thing. Which is strange, considering what is going on in my life currently. Couldn’t the right track and right mission be polishing my Emmy Awards somewhere in the Bahamas? 


Alas, it is not. And I’m ok with it. Meeting that girl last weekend after the show in Aiken, the notes you all send me, the confidence I’m feeling, those are pretty big bread crumbs. Combine that with the ways my students eyes have been lighting up, and coming home to sweet, beautiful Jaimie, for the first time in my life it’s apparent to me that I’m doing what I was put on this earth to do. The things I lack, money, a house of my own, these are just things. Things that that come and go. Things with no permanence. 


“It is the Infinite Creator’s master plan that you have within your heart the desire to make a difference in the world and leave something for the next generation.” 


That’s what I feel like I’m doing! 


If there’s one thing I believe for certain, it’s that God works in many different ways. I believe God was working through the numbers on a clock. I believe God was working through my sister. I believe God was working through the website Willow Soul to assure me that despite the pain, despite the financial worry, despite feeling sad about being away from Jaimie for the next three weeks, that this is my track. This is my mission. And if you’re in Iowa City or Montgomery, Alabama over the next four weeks, I hope you can be a part of it. 

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