Keep your eyes open, your senses sharp and you might just get the message you’ve been waiting for. Because the pursuit of reality may not always result in moments involving unicorns, unexpected kisses or gravity-defying milkshakes. Thoughts and beautiful examples from Leigh Newman and Amy Shearn.

  1. Spotted on a New York telephone pole. You may not want to call the number—but take the message.

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2.  Sometimes, a little sidewalk wisdom can start you striding toward a life goal. Could it happen today? fulfill your destiny





3.  When you’re walking down the street in New York City, there are so many messages, many of them negative: Don’t honk, don’t walk, don’t be here now. Thankfully, Killy Kilford—under the aegis of the (fictional) Department of Well Being—has posted signs such as, “You look pretty today,” and “Honk less, love more.” Best of all, they look so much like official street signs that they really feel like directives. You simply must, according to the law (so it seems) listen to your heart. Or face a ticket. do great things today



4.  As seen on a sidewalk in Chicago, this should probably be how the word “love” is spelled from this point forward. Because isn’t love always about adding, increasing, growing and connecting? (And the incidental birdie footprints only add to the joie de vivre.) love on the sidewalk





5.  A café blackboard can advertise so much more than sandwich and coffee specials. This one gives you a lift totally unrelated to the caffeine sold inside. (Need more? Check out photographer Vivienne McMaster’s site.) Do something today