Rough Break Ahead

  • By Gail Lynne Goodwin.

    Recently I was driving and came across this sign, informing me that there was a “Rough Break Ahead”. I burst out laughing and thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if life gave us signs like this?” And the more I thought about it, I realized- it does!


    For most of us, we move along our path fairly obliviously, with a few bumps in the road and don’t realize we’ve hit a rough break until we’re there. Then, we look back and wonder what just happened.

    However, I believe our personal signs are there as well, IF we’re paying attention.

    As we’re driving, this Rough Break Ahead sign prepares us so that we can take evasive action by slowing down or taking another route, just as our personal signs encourage us to do the same.

    When we’re working hard on a project and nothing is lining up as it should, when we’re trying to make a relationship work and it isn’t, when we’re miserable in a job that is unfulfilling, when we’re not happy with life… these are our personal signs of a possible (or probable) rough break ahead.

    And, just as we do when we see a physical Rough Break Ahead sign, our personal signs are encouraging us to slow down and access the situation. When you think about it, if you see this sign when you’re driving, most likely you won’t turn around and go another way, but rather, you’ll slow down, check things out, pay attention, and pass through the rough spot, knowing that this too shall pass.

    When we learn to pay attention to our own signs to know what’s coming, we’re more likely to enjoy a smooth, happy ride and not end up in a ditch at the side of the road. And, it all starts with simply paying attention to the signs in our life.

    Gail Lynne Goodwin

    Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of, bringing the best inspiration to the world. provides free inspiration, each day from a new Inspirational Luminary, to a global community of folks from over 150 countries. Gail has interviewed many well-known names including Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Tony Hseih, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Gerber, Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield and hundreds more. According to Mashable, Gail was one of 2009's Top 25 Most Inspirational People on Twitter. Prior to, Gail spent several years as manager for her recording artist daughter, Carly. As a result of the success of their co-penned song, "Baby Come Back Home", Gail accompanied her daughter to bases in the US and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Carly performed for our troops. Gail and Carly created the 'World's Longest Letter' of love and support and delivered the 18-mile long scroll on a month-long tour of Iraq and the Persian Gulf in 2006. Gail is excited to present her latest course, Love in 21 Days, a step-by-step guide to finding love online. Love in 21 Days is founded on a logical process that has been tested - and proven! - by not only Gail, but also by students around the world who too have found love. Gail is a published author and a regular writer for the Huffington Post. She offers mentoring and mastermind services to clients worldwide from her home in Whitefish, Montana. Follow Gail on Twitter or Google+.

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