Last May my daughter was married. I was just sorting through a pile of papers beside my desk and found her wedding programme; on the back there is a quote by Lord Byron:
“There is no instinct like that of the heart.”
Which I have to say was very true for my daughter. She met her fiancé while travelling and then did something that was against our better judgement: she pulled out of the college she’d just enrolled in and packed her suitcase to go live with him in Hungary.
It’s crazy. We knew it then and I think she knew it too – but Catherine kept saying she felt sure, 100% sure, it was what she needed to do.
Anyhow. Fast forward to their marriage, and then my reading this quote on the back of their card.
It makes me wonder – how many of our life’s successes have sprung from instinct?
It was a gut feeling that first drew me to chiropractic. I was just a kid (okay, early twenties) flipping through the phonebook when I saw an advertisement for a chiropractic college in Toronto. And right then I knew it – I was going to be a chiropractor.
My wife, you might know her as Dr. Marcelle, says she knew we were going to be married the first time we met.
Can these things be true? Are we able to sense opportunity when it knocks?
Instinct or, maybe better, intuition doesn’t offer a safety net. There aren’t any second chances and, sometimes, the risks can outweigh the benefits – but a strong instinct, that heart-pulling sensation, is almost undeniable. And I think, personally, that listening to your little voice when it shouts is very important to getting the most out of life.
I suppose I’m suggesting you listen to yourself. Sense what type of reaction you’re experiencing before making a decision. Is there some quiet doubt, or a nervousness that you can’t shake? Is there a thrill running through you, or a compulsion to act?
It’s always good to bounce your ideas off someone you trust before running off the deep end . . . but just remember that you have the final say in the adventure of your life.
What sort of things have you been driven to through intuition? Would you say that many of your decisions are emotion-based, or are you someone who takes a meticulous approach and gathers information before making the final decision? Don’t you think there are some processes where you need to decide based on your own experiences and not just the facts?
I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts on this one. Please do share and let’s see what comes out.