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When car alarms were first introduced, they were intended to alert someone that their car was being broken into or tampered with. Now, when we hear a car alarm, we just look around to see what schmuck has pushed the wrong button on his remote clicker or who has tried to get out of a car that has been locked from the outside. The alarms sound, we turn to take a look, then quickly go back to what we are doing, not really paying attention to it and certainly not suspecting that someone is breaking into an automobile.
We have some of the same alarms going off in our head. Those alarms were intended to let us know we are headed in the wrong direction, we are not making a great choice or we need to get out of a situation or relationship. We hear the alarm, but just like the car alarms, we pay little to no attention as to why the alarm is sounding. We have an agenda so we quickly go back to what we are doing. Many of us know so much more than we are willing to admit because alarms have been sounding but we refuse to act on them out of fear of change or out of fear of the unknown.
What alarms are sounding for you today? What do you know you should do that you have been unwilling to do?
Alarms certainly can be annoying but they also serve a very useful purpose, if only we would pay close attention to them.