Trust Your Intuition

Several weeks ago I read a post by PR guru Elena Verlee. She talked about how we often need others to validate our feelings and to support us in what it is we want to do (instead of just simply doing what our intuition or our heart tells us is right). To read the complete post click here.

“Permission is a form of endorsement from other people. We need someone to give blessing to a course of action in our hearts we want to follow, but somehow can’t allow ourselves to pursue.” (Elena Verlee)

Now she is coming from a living your dreams sort of perspective. For me, I had a different experience with this idea of needing endorsement or permission. About 1.5 weeks ago I arrived home from a long day of being in the car. As the night progressed I developed this stabbing pain in my left calf. Hobbling around the house, barely able to walk I wracked my brain trying to think of what I did to injure myself. I had done absolutely nothing. No exercise, no slip, no fall, nothing. Then a worrisome thought entered my mind, what if I had a blood clot? Sudden, unexplained muscular pain made worse with movement. The symptoms seemed to fit. But what if I was over-reacting, what if it was nothing? I didn’t want to be that person that goes to emergency wasting my time and theirs. So I tried to ignore my intuition and convince myself that it was nothing. The next morning I was still in pain and more seriously considering going to the hospital (after I had done all the things I needed to do around the house of course). A few minutes after finishing breakfast a close friend of my called and I shared with her what was going on. Although she didn’t say I should go to the hospital the concern in her voice was enough endorsement of what my own intuition was telling me to get me to the hospital right away.

And it was a good thing to. After many tests and a few days later I found out that I had a deep vein thrombosis in my calf (a blood clot). So now I am being treated, the pain is gone and my health is good.

I was so worried about wasting other people’s time that I was willing to ignore my intuition, and in this case, but my own health at risk.

Trust your intuition! It knows what is best for you.

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