Signlessness Liberates, but Please Show Us A Sign!

Where there’s a perception, there’s a deception ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Antonio: Me siento bienvenido (I feel welcome) ~d nelson

The miracle of sight & other senses brings extraordinary
shapes, beautiful colors and pleasant sensations
into this ordinary daily life
of privileged human existence.

Generally when I see, say, a flower
then bend over to touch and smell it
my perception is validated by sweet fragrance
and a sharp, thorny prick.

welcoming people, prickly flower and dog neighbors

All too often I find that reality
& my perception are at odds.
At first I saw a snake,
but upon closer examination
it turned out to only be a rope.

Buddha approves of this message

Signlessness is a door to liberation
helping us see what is and is not there
without the external sign or form.
Perhaps we cannot see our parents
or ancestors except in old photo albums.
But if we look deeply into our own two hands
we see that, as continuations of them,
our ancestors are in every cell of our bodies.
A farmer can look out, now
and see fields of healthy, organic crops
that will be there when the conditions
of planting, nurturing and time have passed.

signs acquired for my community!
purchased at:

While signlessness is a spiritual/philosophically rewarding/enjoyable pursuit
sometimes it’s quite proper, even necessary to show a sign.
Right now as many peoples are being outwardly
discriminated against, facing verbal & physical abuse
it’s important to show compassion and welcoming
to neighbors, without discrimination.
How will the vulnerable know that they have allies?
How will other neighbors know they are
not alone in caring about others?
I’m certain most citizens are caring, open and inclusive.
By showing a sign of our caring, we move on
from being a silent majority
to happy, connected neighbors & friends.
It would make me smile
hearing how your community
shows signs of Jesus’ teaching
to “love thy neighbor.”

signs of neighbors welcoming all neighbors



87 thoughts on “Signlessness Liberates, but Please Show Us A Sign!

    1. smilecalm Post author

      i’ve read this lofty aspiration
      myself, Ben!
      and here all is being asked
      is to be welcoming
      and perhaps wave
      and acknowledge neighbors 🙂

  1. Hariod Brawn

    Great to see all those signs, David, yet also a signifier that something’s currently deeply amiss. Hopefully, the day will soon arrive when amity rather than enmity can be the presumed stance of the stranger in our midst. With mettā, Hariod.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      yes, dear Hariod
      may soon come a day
      when all of us
      strangers feel welcomed
      into the community of humanity!
      but with all these current publications
      of fear & hatred espoused by political talking heads, i’m inspired by those
      evoking the fairness doctrine
      giving opposing views
      of love, acceptance and inclusiveness 🙂

  2. Carol A. Hand

    David, this is such a crucial message and community-building initiative. I’m sharing this with my neighbor, a member of the county board, and with my social work students today. 🙂

    1. smilecalm Post author

      About a month ago I happened to see
      a few of these signs spread around town
      as I took a cycle. Inquiring I was told of the printer from which they came. This was the perfect message to go along with my current efforts at promoting
      friendlier and fearless neighbors. Makes me happy that you will be able to share these welcoming signs with others 🙂

  3. Jet Eliot

    Smiles to our neighbors, warm waves and greetings, they are all wonderful ways to greet our community. It is a volatile time now, so any additional signs, including this colorful and welcoming one, is a beautiful message to relay. The current signs of spring that surround us are also a beautiful gift. Lovely post, my friend.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      such a wonderful
      reminder, Jet
      of this spring’s
      gift of welcoming
      freshly, all are welcome
      and encouraged
      to exercise our
      capacity of joy,
      despite all adversity 🙂

    1. smilecalm Post author

      i appreciate your kind supportive words, JoAnn! i’m fortunate to be able to follow my heart and do as many others do,
      outwardly taking actions of caring, even when it’s less than popular
      to do so. the signs are well made. hope you, and others are able to post some 🙂

  4. Healing Grief

    As Rumi beautifully says, this life is a guest house, open the door to everyone, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. A beautiful sign and reminder David, to welcome every guest and opportunity to love ourselves and others more. 🙏🏻💕

  5. Aquileana

    “The miracle of sight & other senses brings extraordinary
    shapes, beautiful colors and pleasant sensations
    into this ordinary daily life
    of privileged human existence”.-

    So beautiful…. your verses are moving and wise, my friend. I could feel seasonal cycles passing, as time did… And all that perceptual existence taking shape!. Really well penned. Great photographs as well… Thank you so much for shairng. Sending love & best wishes 😀 ⭐

    1. smilecalm Post author

      i’m smiling to this fragrant spice you’ve offered to my day with your kind words, Aquileana! wonderful we can offer signs, each in our own way, reminders that this life is quite special, in colors, shapes, sounds; gifts all.
      may your day be well, david 🙂

  6. AmyRose🌹

    Oh to see all those beautiful signs gives me hope that people are still willing to “love thy neighbor”. Bless you, dear friend, for shining the Love. ❤

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you dear Amy
      for letting your little light shine
      as a sign of caring to all
      especially those fortunate enough to
      be warmed by your illumination 🙂

  7. Alison and Don

    What a wonderful community. What a wonderful idea. May it spread far and wide so all feel welcomed and included. Sometimes a sign is just exactly what’s needed!

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for being a part
      of the caring, joyful
      community of humanity, Alison!
      yes, in these days of confusion
      it’s most encouraging
      to have a clear, positive sign 🙂

  8. sasokisoaps

    smilecalm – Good On You!!! This is brilliant, what a lovely thing to do. I am going to try to share this post on facebook if that’s OK with you?
    Finest regards,
    Sarah 💖

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for your kindness and sharing, Sarah! while i’m not on facebook, I know lots of good messages and info goes between caring people like yourself.
      may you day be well, david 🙂

    1. smilecalm Post author

      wonderful knowing that these colors & shapes
      offer signs of hope
      which your words
      offer back to me, JoAnna!
      may we continue being
      shown signs from the universe
      that bring a smile 🙂

    1. smilecalm Post author

      makes me happy that those who offered me signs, have continuations
      in signs being offered to those who are most in need, Sunny!
      would be helpful if all would wear signs, more specific than “left” or “right”.
      something like, “cares for others”, or “do not care for others”, then why 🙂

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for kindly endorsing this caring neighbor campaign, Bun Karyudo!
      wishing yours, and all
      neighbors a feeling
      of being welcomed 🙂

    1. smilecalm Post author

      wishing you joyful success with that sign, JC!
      may it bring a mutual sense of neighborly friendship
      that extends across the streets and city boundaries 🙂

  9. Annika Perry

    Wonderful welcoming sentiments in your post, David and whilst I understand the need for these signs and can celebrate in how well they’re taken up and want to show solidarity with everyone, I can’t help but be a bit sad that they are needed at all. Such is the world we live in, I suppose. Thank you so much for sharing…as always learning from you.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for these kind, affirming words, Annika!
      not so long ago politicians and media
      were not inflaming fires of fear and anger
      in the general population, at least here in the US. Awakening the sleeping masses brings hope of peaceful co-existence again. So here we are, starting with signs of acceptance and tolerance. Wishing you a happy moment 🙂

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for your kind supportive words, dear Bruce! yes, and behind those signs are neighbors caring about others, without discrimination. makes me smile seeing those signs as i walk and cycle around town 🙂

    1. smilecalm Post author

      perhaps it’s that fiery volcano erupting
      the sleeping masses into a collective awakening, Ka! be caring neighbors & good citizens. arise, dignified and joyful
      in this new precious moment!
      happy to have you as my neighbor 🙂

  10. Vicki

    Such a great idea in that sign, David. But altogether so sad that we have to actually use it to show how much we care about our multicultural community. I just try to show a kindly smile whenever I see an obvious refugee on my bus. Some of them seem to have a haunting look as though they don’t want to be noticed. I also ensure I thank those that give me a seat on a crowded bus too. I want the younger ones to know that I appreciate their kindness to an older less able person.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      perhaps someday
      we won’t need such signs, Vicki
      but the way things are going in the US
      it’s necessary to remind each other
      of the better angels of our nature.
      smiling to you humility and gratitude
      offered for other’s acts of kindness 🙂

  11. Sue Dreamwalker

    This is brilliant David..
    Its so good to see so many hanging up these signs in support of others..
    Its time to show Unity to our fellow human beings..
    For it is only ‘We’ who give them labels in the first instance..
    So happy to see so many in support within your community 🙂

    Beautiful.. 🙂 ❤

  12. Michael

    I see signs of a great and pending global goodness, David. Are we not all neighbors in the deep way of looking you described? Our planet is very small. Thankfully it has many wise citizens like yourself.



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