Sunday, January 28, 2007

Magical Mondays: Intuition
(Once again posted on Sunday...may have to change the name) :)

There have been many times when my intuition prodded me to do--or not do--something and if I listened, things went well. If I didn’t, every single time I was sorry.

For example, last year my brother was out late. I knew he had gone to his favorite “watering hole” but felt he should have been home by a certain time and he wasn’t. Yet whenever that happened in the past, I would call to check on him and he always just fine--usually waiting for someone to get off work, or had gone home with one of the women who worked there. I could tell he got annoyed with me for calling to check on him (I usually called to see if he needed a ride home so he wouldn’t drink & drive) so I stopped calling, trusting him to be a big boy and take care of himself.

Well, that particular night, I was very agitated. I couldn’t stop worrying about him. I paced the floor, asking my daughter every few minutes if she was sure he hadn’t called. (She’s not so good at passing along messages.) I even picked up the phone several times to make sure it was working, yet hesitated to call him. ‘He probably just went home with a waitress,’ I thought. Since he didn’t really like me calling to check on him, I was torn. At one point, I even got dressed because I had a strong feeling that I should drive around to look for him, then told myself I was being silly. He was a grown man, and he would call me if anything were wrong.

For three hours, it went on like that, my intuition screaming, “Something’s wrong!” my brain saying, “leave it alone.” Finally, the doorbell rang, followed by loud pounding. It was my brother, out of breath and in pain. He’d lost his keys and tried to walk home from the bar (stubbornly refusing to get a ride from anyone, thinking it was only about 3 miles, he could handle it.)

Now, for most, that wouldn’t have been such a bad thing, but this man has only one leg and a bad heart--AND--the dingbat had stopped at the store then tried to carry home a 50lb bag of salt as he went. His foot bled from blisters, and the end of his one thigh swelled painfully around the prosthetic leg. He was also upset because he’d tried to call several times once he felt he couldn’t go on. I didn’t see how that could be, since I’d hung near the phone most of the night checking to see if it worked. I’d even looked once to see if the ringer was turned off, but couldn’t find a switch that indicated it. He hobbled over to the phone and found the sound switch. Sure enough, it was off--my daughter had forgotten she’d turned it off. (teenagers--grrrr)

I told him why I had hesitated to call, and he understood, but said he would have begged me to come get him. He finally abandoned the salt about a mile into the trek, and sat on it nearly crying from pain, calling over and over. I asked what time that was, and it was about the same time I’d gotten dressed with the idea to drive around looking for him. My intuition was right, and I didn’t listen to it.

Of course, he could have called someone else, or even a taxi, but he’s stubborn, thought he could do it, and didn’t want anyone to witness his embarrassment. (Sorry--cat’s out of the bag now.) :)

The point is, though, this wasn’t the only time something like that has happened. My intuition will prod me and if I listen, it’s good; if I allow “reason” to take over, I’m always sorry later. Yet, it is still almost impossible for me to follow my intuition when logic has arguments against it. Do you ever have that experience? Are there times when you listened to that little nagging voice in your head and it was exactly the right thing to do, or times you didn’t listen and you were sorry? How do you override your so-called “good sense” and go with your gut?


  1. Yes, yes, yes, Kate. It's been a long road, but I'm finally starting to trust my gut. For me it always seems to be about learning the hard way. Thus, in my case, older does equal wiser.

  2. Well, I suppose I can hope then, Susan. :) Of course, I'm not exactly a spring chicken anymore, so maybe not. lol

  3. Call it intuition or whatever you like, when you get an instinctive gut feeling, follow it. I've learned it's worth it and never something I've regretted, with my writing or in my life journey. Thanks for the post.

  4. I get gut feelings a lot, but nothing like the experience you described. From other Magical Monday posts, I can tell you're much more "sensitive" than I am.

  5. Hey, Sam-Girl - thanks for stopping by! :)

    Holly - I'm still working on following it consistently. No thanks needed for the post--you're my new favorite author! :)

    Edie - the problem is that even though I've had tons of experiences that should tell me to pay attention, I still find myself rationalizing every time. I guess I'm a slow learner. :)

  6. You're definitely a lot more sensitive than most, Kate. I have had times when intuition has spoken to me, and yes, I've regretted every time I didn't listen.

  7. Amazing story, Kate. I need to be better about paying attention to that inner voice. It's rarely, if ever, wrong, particularly about people that aren't healthy to be around. Every time I've dismissed my gut feeling as "silly" or "paranoid," it has turned out to be absolutely correct.

    Hope your brother's feeling better.

  8. Thanks, Lynne. I've had that experience too. My first instinct about people has always proved correct. I try to give them the benefit of the doubt, but if I have a knee-jerk reaction to someone right away (rare, but happens) then sooner or later it proves to be true.

  9. I once didn't listen to that feeling. I'll never, ever, ever, ever, ever ignore that prickle again. (My cat; he died.)

    I'm glad he was okay!

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