Signs of life (renewed)


Beth's hummingbird photo“Keep knocking, and the Joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who’s there.”


A hummingbird perched on the branch of a tree in front of my car last week, just as I was about to enter a medical building for a biopsy.

I have always loved these tiny little birds. They hovered about last summer, too, when I was sitting on the porch of my friend Carrie’s house working on my book.

In searching Google for the spiritual significance of hummingbirds, I learned from that “The hummingbird generally symbolizes joy and playfulness, as well as adaptability.” Additional symbolic meanings are:

  • Lightness of being, enjoyment of life
  • Being more present
  • Independence
  • Bringing playfulness and joy in your life
  • Lifting up negativity
  • Swiftness, ability to respond quickly
  • Resiliency, being able to travel great distances tirelessly

As I waited four days for the results of my biopsy which was ordered after a few suspicious “specks” appeared on recent mammograms, I continued focusing on the appearance of the hummingbird. I expounded upon its message of joy by going out each day for long, blissful walks in nature.

My sense of aliveness heightened in nature, with a deep connection to the present that I never before felt so profoundly. Flowers smelled more beautiful, the expanse of the sky seemed like one huge tent of joy above my head, and I “knew” in every cell of my body that I was blessed to experience such exquisite moments of life. I finally ‘got’ that life is in the moments and often joy is felt best in the pause of “being” between activities or outcomes.

My need for quiet and solitude to connect with God’s grace in nature was balanced with “date nights” with my boyfriend as we distracted ourselves from any negative thinking.

After allowing myself a few intermittent dark hours of slipping into fright and despair and crying a few worried tears, I intentionally shifted to feelings of joy, recalling all the people I love and who have loved me.

Words of wisdom from others shot forth, like those from my daughter who once shared with me that she enters situations “expecting the best.” As a result, she often gets the best. It was my turn to use her thinking big time by expecting the best outcome for my biopsy and thoughtfully handpicking a few others to hold that intention with me.

Then, I recalled the words from my son when I asked him last December if he was sad I was moving cross country, and he responded: ”I am happy for you. Why would I focus on the sadness?” Thinking of that hummingbird and its message of joy as I lay on the examining table during my biopsy, I intentionally focused on the happiness in my life.

Joy is a choice.

Even while waiting for the pathology results from the biopsy, I taught myself to align with that higher vibration of joy, vigilantly challenging any fearful thoughts that cropped up based on my having had breast cancer three years ago. I had to train my mind to believe a different outcome was possible this time, particularly as I have been on a unique and comprehensive healing journey.

Then yesterday, hours before getting the call from the doctor, I found myself letting go of such intense focus. Instead, while walking along my favorite lake, I experienced an exquisitely serene sense of surrender and detachment from outcomes—a lesson I will be sharing in more depth at a later time.

Last night at 8:45, while at a writer’s group presentation in Scottsdale, my doctor left me a voicemail saying the biopsy showed no cancer. Listening to the message later when I returned home, I screamed so loudly I am sure my neighbors who live several doors away heard my joy.

Staying committed to completing and getting my book published is another path of joy as I honor this calling to serve by educating others on how to align with the body’s innate ability to heal.

The hummingbird I saw the other day apparently supports this mission.   In reviewing another site about the spiritual significance of hummingbirds,, I learned: “When a hummingbird flits by know that it is time for you to aggressively pursue your dreams and make them a reality.  Joy is just around the corner – you simply have to believe that your dreams are possible to manifest now. Stop waiting and go for it!”

We all get signs every day that can bring us joy or guide us forward in some other way. Some people even receive messages from loved ones who have passed on as shared with me by close friends and my former client, Barbara Hopkinson, in her book, A Butterfly’s Journey: Healing Grief After the Loss of A Child.

If you would like to learn more about shifting your consciousness to higher levels of being through the use of signs or by accessing your own inner wisdom, register for one of my coaching packages by calling 978-325-1911. If you would like to be notified when my book becomes available, please send me an email at

In joyful relief,



  1. I allow myself to stay open for signs to guide me forth.
  2. I allow myself to embrace the renewing powers of nature.
  3. I allow myself to know joy is my birthright.

Today’s “blurry, yet spontaneous photo” (as described by the photographer) pictured above is from my friend Beth Shedd.  Having never before seen a hummingbird in person, it was a joyful blessing to have it linger long enough for her to grab her iPhone. Beth loves finding small and unexpected moments of joy, and you can see more about her worldview at




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  • Beautiful!!! Love, Dijana

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thanks, Dijana, for enjoying the truth of my healing journey. May it inspire and help others. Love, Gail

  • Loving your work Gail, looking forward to more ! Congrats

  • Carrie says:

    Dear Gail,

    You are such an inspiration! So happy to hear the great news!

    Love, Carrie

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thanks, Carrie, for your kind note and all the love, support and friendship you have given me along with way. Love, Gail

  • Barbara says:

    Lovely article Gail, and SO happy for the positive outcome!
    Thank you for the reference to my book – I’ve learned it certainly is all about the JOY & LOVE!
    Love you & hugs to Bill … XO Barb

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Barb: Thanks for your loving thoughts…let’s keep that vibration of joy and love growing even stronger. Life’s curveballs certainly have a way of helping us integrate what it is really important. Love, Gail

  • Donna Bates says:

    As always Gail I loved reading your blog. You write so beautifully and you are such an inspiration
    So happy for your great news. I remember all of your inspiring words to me as you helped me through some very difficult times. They helped me to achieve the happiness I have in my life today
    Keep the great blogs coming:)

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Donna: I appreciate your kind words and I am so happy to hear how happy you are:) Wishing you much joy. Love, Gail

  • Kim says:

    Hi Gail,
    Beautiful and meaningful blog. It sure is hard to be in joy when things are tough but of course, that’s when it’s most important. You created that diagnosis. Good for you. Glad you are so happy.

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Kim: So great to hear from you. And I like YOUR take on joy! You look pretty happy yourself these days. Thanks for your kind words:) Love, Gail

  • Andrea Q says:

    Life is a gift to be enjoyed and embraced daily. Let’s remember to watch for the signs of joy around us in nature!
    So happy for you,

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thanks, Andrea: Yes, nature gives us so much joy. You know that saying about “It’s the simple things that bring you joy?” That becomes really clear when facing a life-altering moment. A person’s kind words, a gentle touch, hearing from someone you haven’t been in touch with in a long while…so simple, but joyful. Just spending a few extra minutes in the morning listening to the birds, or watching clouds, before rushing out the door, can change a day. Love, Gail

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