Do You Believe in Signs? - Robin Chodak

Do You Believe in Signs?


What are signs? I am talking about signs that come from a realm outside of the physical. I began to believe in them after the death of my husband to suicide in 2005.

This month of September is the 11th year that he has been gone. If you follow my blogs then you know that I experience signs when I see the numbers 11:11. You can read it here if you missed it.

Do you ask for signs?

On 9/11 I walked a labyrinth in memory of Steve and I placed a stone from the beach on a placard that I had dedicated to him. I asked Steve to send a meaningful sign to me and let me know that all is well with him. I do believe that it is, but I wanted a deeper connection on this anniversary date.









On 9/12 I decided to take some time out for myself and meditate on the beach near my home. It could not have been a more perfect day. A few white puffy clouds scattered in the vast blue illuminating sky. The sunrays seeped brightly upon me as I sat in my chair. The waves rolled gently to the shoreline in perfect melody. I felt calm and relaxed.

The beach was quiet and serene with only a few people. I looked up from my chair and noticed a man and his dog. They swam in the water together and the dog fetched the ball. The dog rolled in the sand and then jumped back into the water. It seemed the dog experienced the best day of its life with his owner. I watched it all with a smile and sense of joy.

A few times I heard the dog bark ferociously as a person walked along the beach. They seemed afraid and stopped until the dog moved away. The dog seemed intimidating, but I sensed he was gentle. He wasn’t fooling me with his bark!

A few minutes later the dog approached me. I put out my hand and he licked it and let me pet him. He snuggled his head up to me. The owner then walked over and we began a conversation, first talking about the dog. Her name was Brett, a black lab. The man noticed the book on my lap by Eckhart Tolle and we talked about the importance of living in the NOW. We then moved onto worldly events and politics and then back to philosophical topics.

What are you noticing around you?

I noticed he gazed into the distance and spoke in a slow, pensive manner. He then extended his hand and said his name was Jeff. I said, “nice to meet you, I’m Robin.” He didn’t respond for some time. As I studied his expression I knew something was going on. He finally said, “I know this may sound strange to you, but my childhood sweethearts name was Robin and my wife’s name was Robin. She passed away from Leukemia in 2013.”

I listened in amazement and proceeded to tell him about the suicide of Steve. We extended condolences and knew we shared a unique common bond. After we finished our conversation Jeff said to me, “You are beautiful and I am blessed to have had this encounter with you. I found this stone today on the beach and I want you to have it.” He handed me a heart shape stone. Barely holding back the tears in a choked up voice I said thank you so much and he said good-bye.


I held the stone thinking about the heart shaped one I placed on the labyrinth just yesterday. I then turned to wave but he and the dog were gone as if they were only in my imagination.  But they weren’t!

What do you think? I believe it was Steve blessing me with his presence and letting me know he is always near and all is well with him.

Love and Light,

Robin Chodak

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I am a woman on a journey of recovery after the suicide of my husband in 2005. It has been a long voyage, but I was able to create a new identity and find happiness again after much hard work. I hope that I can help you along this path, too.

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