If following inner guidance was easy, we'd be doing it all the time, right? But when it doesn't make sense to do so logically, we tend to second guess ourselves and struggle.
This morning I receive an email from a follower of my blog. She relates a powerful story about acting upon inner guidance. She recently took a new job in a field she has worked in for 19 years. As soon as she begins her new job, she feels a sense of danger she can't shake. And within a short time, she decides to quit.
Meanwhile, the bills are due. Her family thinks she is crazy. She is living 12 hours from home on an air mattress. She feels scared. And she feels something else - "the peace at times is the
most real, purest peace I have ever known. My inner most part of me, maybe that small still voice tells me everything will be alright." Even when she doesn't have anything else lined up.
It may be that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings. - Wendell Berry
This reminds me of an inner urging I felt in 2003. My husband had just been named project manager for the largest job he'd ever do, which would span at least 2 years. Our younger daughter was getting ready to enter her senior year in high school. We had no desire to move from our home. And yet, I felt compelled to get our home market ready for sale.
It didn't make sense at all. But I trusted that urge enough that we created a punch list and checked off the items on the list over the next few months. Shortly after that, my husband received word that the project was called off. The client was in a financial downturn. Within 3 more months, my husband's company decimated the engineering department. He was offered a transfer out of state. We both agreed the transfer would work. Because our home was market ready,we sold our house in 1 day.
In between these decisions and actions lay a sense of uncertainty, worry, and fear. And out of all that courage comes forward to prevail and lead the way.
When have you acted upon an inner urge when it didn't make sense?