A Message You Can’t Hear


Have you ever had that feeling that someone is trying to tell you something – but the message just isn’t sinking in? Or you can’t hear it? Or maybe better yet, you hear it but don’t understand it?

Not trying to get too philosophical here, but I have been seeing this lately, reading about it, and even experiencing it personally. That overwhelming feeling that you are being slapped upside the head by “someone” (you chose who that someone is) but the message just isn’t getting through. What is that all about anyway? Does it mean you are crazy? Or stubborn?

There are lots of ways to look at this scenario, so I figured I would spend some time here since it’s a pretty interesting phenomenon to me.

First of all, and let’s be clear about this, I do NOT think it means you are crazy. If anything, I think it means you are likely more aware of what’s going on and arguably less crazy than the person that doesn’t, or can’t even acknowledge the fact that there is a message out there that someone is trying to convey.

Does this perhaps convey something spiritual? (Oh boy Joe, don’t get religious here please) Dunno. Some would argue that there is a higher power that has some influence or control over our destiny. Is that “power” trying to tell you something? Are you even listening? Does any of it make sense? And if it did, would you believe it anyway?


The Lottery Ticket

John, who was in financial difficulty, walked into a church and started to pray. ”Listen God,” John said. ”I know I haven’t been perfect but I really need to win the lottery. I don’t have a lot of money. Please help me out.” He left the church, a week went by, and he hadn’t won the lottery, so he walked into a synagogue. ”Come on, God,” he said. ”I really need this money. My mom needs surgery and I have bills to pay. Please let me win the lottery.” He left the synagogue, a week went by, and he didn’t win the lottery. So, he went to a mosque and started to pray again. ”You’re starting to disappoint me, God,” he said. ”I’ve prayed and prayed. If you just let me win the lottery, I’ll be a better person. I don’t have to win the jackpot, just enough to get me out of debt. I’ll give some to charity, even. Just let me win the lottery.” John thought this did it, so he got up and walked outside.

The clouds opened up and a booming voice said, ”John, buy a #(*&#!! lottery ticket.”


Back to my commentary – no more bad jokes.

What about your friends and family (putting spirituality aside) – are they telling you something that you aren’t hearing? Maybe not even intentionally, but just in their everyday conversations and observations of what’s going on – is there a message there somewhere?

I know that I am asking a lot of questions here, without many answers – but that is really the point. In these situations, in my opinion, there are MANY questions and VERY FEW answers.   And the questions are hard to interpret. Even if you can interpret them, they are hard to combine into one cohesive message.

So am I suggesting that you close your browser right now, head to your nearest place of worship, and pray for divine wisdom?   If that works for you, then yes – that is what you should do.

I guess what I’m saying is that we all (myself included by the way) need to do a better job of listening – and hearing all the inputs that are coming at us. I would argue that those inputs from the ones who love us are of more value, but all should be considered.

Are you hearing the message? Does it make sense? Do you believe it?

And most importantly, IF (and that is a BIG if), are you willing to act on it once you do hear it.

Just think about it a little bit. I’d be most curious on your thoughts here…



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