I have noticed I’ve been getting somewhat better at recognizing guidance for the larger issues in my life, but I still sometimes miss the smaller intuitive nudges that come my way. I had written about this very subject two years ago, and it appears I still have so much more to learn.
I am beginning to realize that these nudges do happen. They happened four times in the last two days, and I didn’t recognize or honor one of them! They were quick little thoughts I had and then just as quickly discarded. I didn’t recognize them as my Internal Guidance System! They seemed so subtle. I just didn’t realize how important these thoughts were.
So, here are some examples. The first couple were not about anything life-altering; they simply would have made my life a little easier had I listened. But the third and fourth ones! Why, oh why, did I not listen???
- I was going with my sister out to do an errand or two. I had the thought to bring my sneakers and the book I was reading. I discarded both thoughts because I rationalized I was going to be with her and I wouldn’t have time to read a book or take a walk. Well, as it happened, we passed an art fair in town. If I’d had my sneakers, we could have enjoyed the art fair. And then when she went into the pharmacy to collect a prescription, she was there quite a while. I could have been reading my book. (See? Nothing earth-shattering. Just simple guidance.)
- I went to the grocery store and one of the items I picked up was a carton of eggs. I was going to check to see if any of the eggs were cracked—in fact my hand was on the carton ready to open it, but it was one of those overlapping plastic things and it felt like “too much work” to open two flaps. (Ridiculous, I know.) I thought, Oh, if there happens to be one cracked egg, no big deal. Well, when I got home I went to put some eggs in a pan to hard boil them for egg salad and, guess what, two eggs were missing from the carton!
- I went to the bank to make a deposit. While in my car, I got out my phone to call my brother-in-law to remind him to take out the giblets before he put the turkey in the oven. But when I went to make the call, it wasn’t going through; it just wasn’t working. I had the urge to call and I didn’t extend the extra effort to find a way to get through rationalizing that I’d be home within half an hour or so anyway.
- After the bank I had the thought to run home to my sister’s house before going on to the grocery store for some items we needed for dinner that night. But I discarded the idea thinking that I could probably finish the errand and be home within half an hour.
So, why was it important that I listen to my inner guidance? While I was sitting in the car at the bank, my brother-in-law was lying on the floor with a fractured hip. If I had called and gotten no answer, I probably would have stopped home before going to get the groceries and I would have seen him and could then have called the EMTs that much sooner. As it turned out, my brother-in-law was lying on the floor in great pain for about an hour before my sister arrived home, rushing in the door, heart in her throat, because he hadn’t been answering any of her calls.
So, the upshot is this. I’m guessing we all get these little thoughts all the time. And many times we probably just rationalize them away. But we have this Inner Guidance System for a reason, as I hope the above illustrates.
Sometimes our inner self (or whatever Force or Being puts those thoughts in our head) is wiser than we realize. We just need to listen better.
Note: This was originally published on my website (www.cynthiagreb.com) in April 2016.