Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Listening to That Small Inner Voice

As I think back over the past almost 3 years, reflecting on what I've learned, how I've grown, one area pops into my mind frequently - "listening to that small inner voice, that little nudge, that unexplained feeling that I need to do something." These "somethings" I get a feeling I need to do range from calling someone (not sure why, I just feel I need to let them know I'm thinking of them) to sending someone a card or gift (just because) to writing about a specific topic in this blog. When I get these feelings I can't explain why I feel that way, I just do.

But is doesn't stop there. When I've followed through on those "nudgings" (some call it a "gut feeling", a whisper from God), more times than no,t it ends up that person lets me know they were having a rough day and needed that little "thinking of you" call, note, or give.   That blog entry, which I didn't think much of, but got the urge to write, ends up being exactly what someone had been feeling, helped them through something they were struggling with, or simply lifted their spirits. This is reinforcement of the importance to listen and act when you hear that little voice.

Today, I was clearly reminded the importance of this....

A year ago (maybe even a little longer ago than that) I had this strong tug that I needed to send the driver of the truck that Austin hit a note to let him know that we did not have (nor never have) any ill-feelings towards him, never blamed him for the accident, because that's just what it was - an accident - being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But I never "found" the time to sit and put my thoughts down, never sent him this message. About a week ago I had this thought, "There's no need to write the letter anymore." I don't know why that thought hit me, it just did.

Today, I read the obituaries from back "home". The driver (of the truck that Austin hit) passed away, after being in Hospeace, he was only 52 years old. I will never know if he had needed my message, but I do know that I should have listened to that "small inner voice". As I'm typing this entry another thought hits me, Austin can now tell him himself....

The more I live, the more I realize the importance to listen to that nagging feeling, even if you don't know why.... Life is to short to let those moments pass, and you never know when your words and actions will be a gift to someone who needed it at just that moment....

"Never ignore a gut feeling, but never believe that it's enough." Robert Heller

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