Reverb10 – Dec 17 – Lesson Learned

What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?
(Author: Tara Weaver)

I know I’ve mentioned this several times already, but it’s worth repeating: trust your instincts.

I used to have an ongoing struggle with my gut feelings; I was never sure whether or not they weren’t just a symptom of my over-active imagination, or some kind of paranoia based on magical thinking or narcissism. This year I learned that, most of the time, none of this is true, and that, actually, my instincts are very often spot-on and utterly reliable.

Taking time to just be with your feelings helps; taking a moment’s breather to stop, shut out all the white noise and truly listen to your feelings whilst scrutinising the available facts. I believe that gut feelings – especially those inexplicable ones which pop up from nowhere and nag, nag, nag at you – are the product of your mind and senses working in harmony – cutting out ‘the middle man’, if you like – and presenting you with a fully formed answer. Of course, the fun often starts when you didn’t even realise you’d been pondering a question…

Knowing that my instinct is a powerful tool, and not the product of catastrophising or dramatic thinking, has been liberating; I no longer feel like I’m at war with my mind, instead I’m friends with my thoughts.

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  1. beautiful post, I love it, what an amazing lesson to have learnt and to now enjoy forever more 🙂

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    • Thank you. How I learned to trust my gut feeling is another story entirely (and possibly not one I’d want to share so publicly) but it’s a good feeling, being able to trust my own instincts.

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  2. I have to agree 🙂

    Its a funny thing aswel…I remember things my mum said years and years ago when I was feeling really low/had people treat me badly. She always said trust your gut! And I have always had people tell me my gut feelings were wrong so never trusted it…till recently.

    On reflection I can see my intuition/gut feeling has pretty much been spot on. Mum was right 😉

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  3. You’re right – it’s very hard to trust your instincts when your own judgement has been clouded by other people’s attempts to invalidate it.

    Ha, we must be getting old if we’re finally realising that our mothers were usually right after all!

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