Funny Motivational Speaker Amy dee’s blog:
Trust Your inner voice.
Guilt is embedded in a mother’s ovaries.
Was it guilt over serving my kids Doritos as a vegetable?
Regret over joining them to watch the Osborne’s on reality TV?
Whatever caused it, despite owning a cat, a dog, and a box turtle, we ended up at the pet store to buy a hamster.
While watching hamsters and other rodents spin on wheels, my inner voice begged me, “Please, don’t do this.”
As the salesgirl recited the benefits of rats over hamsters, my inner voice shrieked “ARE YOU NUTS?”
It turned from screaming to sobbing as we drove away with two baby rats.
Hours later, my visiting brother mentioned: “The cage bars are wide for such tiny rats, are you sure they can’t escape?” I slapped the beer out of his hand and pointed to the door screaming, “GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!”
Scenes from the 1972 American horror film “Ben” kept popping up in my dreams. I woke up exhausted, praying it was all a nightmare. It wasn’t.
Standing at the cage, I searched for the rats. Nothing. Tossing aside paper pellets and tipping the tunnel to find them, my blood ran cold, THE RATS HAD ESCAPED.
My internal chatter turned into howls of “I told you so” and “Now what, stupid?”.
From underneath Sofi’s bedroom door, the cat groped for a rat snack. Following his paw, I spotted the two babies wringing their tiny hands, cowering in the corner.
An hour later, I reunited the babies with their rat pack at the store. Returning them cost me $69.23, and it was worth every penny to be rodent-free.
Why do we ignore our inner voice?
We don’t like the answer.
I knew we didn’t need hamsters, much less rats, but I didn’t want to tell my kids “No.” So, I duct-taped my inner voice. We know what we need to do; we don’t want to do it.
Logic takes over.
Let’s face it, there was no logical reason for me to buy rats.
But logic often shuts down our intuition. We shove hunches aside because our analytical mind pops in, trying to make sense of the feeling. If there’s no rational information to back up our hunches, we will often ignore them.
Next time you sense that something isn’t right or have a bad feeling, pay attention. Your intrinsic wisdom will help you make better decisions and solve problems easier. Best of all, your inner voice will help you live your best life.
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