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Take pause: Be inspired by 9 hidden messages scattered around Charlotte

Do you believe in signs? I’d like to. I like how you can rework them in a way that fits your circumstance. I like the way you’re meant to take pause to examine them.

I find that the more I search for signs, the more they appear. Check out my little treasure map of “hidden” messages around town. Take note, take pause.

(1) Pause: At the intersection of East 10th Street and North McDowell Street.

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I believe more than I can ever prove / of the future of the human race / and the importance of illusions, / the value of great expectations. / I would like to be in the same moment / an earthworm (which I am) and / a rider to the moon (which I am).

Consider your capabilities.

(2) Pause: Near the intersection of Pecan Avenue and Central Avenue.

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Take shelter … shelter from the mainstream. 

You do you. Preserve yourself from what’s said to be normal.

(3) Pause: At theDowd YMCA, 400 E. Morehead St. 

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Make strides. Meet goals. 

Move forward and don’t forget to acknowledge your own progress.

(4) Pause: Behind Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St.

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So much stupid. Smart war.

Pick your battles with care.

Note: this art dumpster has an affinity for change. Months before:

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Create or Perish.

The artists’ code.

(5) Pause: Near the intersection of McDonald Avenue and Park Road.

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Because it is summer and the memories are just waiting to happen. 

You choose what happens before the “Because.” You choose the memories you make.

(6) Pause: Behind the Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St.

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Follow me to the moon.

Let’s take a leap up to the unknown, shall we?

(7) Pause: On the Rhino Market patio, 1500 W. Morehead St. 

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Not an exit.

Ignore the walls in your way. Look for the windows.

(8) Pause: Outside Dandelion Market, 118 W. 5th St.

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 May happiness / pursue you, / catch you / often, and, / should it / lose you, / be waiting / ahead, making / a clearing / for you.

The poets know best.

(9) Pause: Near the intersection of Sharon Road and Quail Hollow Road.

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Bite into life. 

Sweet or sour? You choose.


Katie Toussaint
 Katie Toussaint @katietoussaint
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