The divine are constantly communicating with us, telling us all that we need to know. We just need to learn how to perceive and decipher the messages as they come. A lot of times these messages will show up through other people; people who are either close to us in relation, such as a family member or significant other whom we respect, or a stranger so unfamiliar to us that we have no choice but to accept it as a sign. While these signs are ever-present in my life, and I welcome them constantly, none was so timely and important as the one that came a couple of weeks ago. It all started with a movie. A cousin of mine told me, about a year ago, about What Dreams May Come, starring Robin Williams. At the time, I decided to look for it and noticed that, to no coincidence, they were playing it on DIRECTV. So I set it to record. But I never saw it. That was until two different people, within days of each other, told me to watch the movie. I knew right then and there I had to see it. When I told my mom the following night, she warned I might get emotional; apparently all she remembers is how sad it made her. But when I mentioned how various people were telling me to watch it, she said that perhaps it would change my life. When I asked her what it was about, all she did was shrug and say, “Choices we make in life.” Needless to say, to spare the crux of the film for those who haven’t seen it, witnessing the beauty of the film and the stream of emotions awakened in my soul, my life was changed. You know, a lot of us are constantly running away from what’s good for us, running away from the bliss of our truth, usually because things don’t happen in the time or manner that we want to. But I’ll tell you one thing: after seeing a movie set in eternity, when you see just how vast and beautiful the pictures of our lives really are, you learn to make the right choices. They may seem hard to make at first, but in the end, it’s worth it. In the end, it’s what’s right. I’ve let dozens of people dictate what they believe is right for me. And while they were always wise and well-intentioned, I’ve always checked with myself before any decision was made. For a moment, I almost fell back into the trap of my past, convincing myself it was right because the other person had a great argument. But when I took a step back and saw what was really happening, considering all of the messages I was receiving, I knew what I had to do. And I wouldn’t take any of it back. Not everyone may understand the choices you make at first. They may seem illogical to you, even. But I beg you, do it anyway. One day you’ll see just how important that choice really was. And never forget, when you do make a decision, make sure it really does stem from you. There’s nothing like living someone else’s life and regretting it later. And why would you? You were brought here to this existence to be yourself. So do it. See the big picture. Paint accordingly.