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Sign language

How do we access our intuition? Eleanor Tucker was searching for reassurance that she was on the right path, and learned to interpret the messages


Rushing back from my last meeting of the day, I have five minutes to buy a birthday card for a friend I’m seeing later. My head is pounding: that sharp, dry-mouthed brain ache you get when you’ve been running on adrenalin all day.

My business, a communications agency for the sharing economy, is unusual and attracting attention – but it’s a start-up, and it’s crushingly hard work.

I stand in the shop, gazing at the wall of greetings cards in front of me, unable to focus because all I can hear is a voice in my head: ‘Is the business going to work? Will it ever be a success? Is it worth it?’

Then, I notice a particular card, its wording out of place among the birthday wishes surrounding it. Suddenly, it’s the only one that I can see. ‘Nothing worth having comes easily,’ it reads.

Later that evening, sitting with my friends in a restaurant, relaxed and happy, my mind wanders back to that message, received from nowhere – but so timely, and so encouraging that it changed the course of my day. Without sounding biblical, or too ‘woo-woo’ even for me, had I been given a sign? I had certainly asked for one, without even realising it. So, could I do it again, more deliberately? And, if I could, how could it help me?

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