Sunday, April 11, 2010

Trust your instincts

How often do you feel discomfort about a situation and dismiss it? I do it far too often. It is rare for me to look back at my initial reaction to something and think it was wrong. Usually the only thing wrong was that I didn’t trust it and went against my own best judgment.

In “The Gift of Fear” Gavin DeBecker writes brilliantly about this common and dangerous tendency, especially among women. We are taught that it is better to be nice than safe. We are afraid of offending the stranger on the elevator that gives us the creeps, or stopping the friend or family member who is verbally abusing us.

We have this amazing gift of knowing when something is not right. I am learning more everyday how important it is to trust my own instincts and take care of myself.

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