I know I have been all contemplative lately, but this story ends good, promise.
When looking back on my life (I do look forward too), I have a few regrets and a few amazing successes. I am not going to get too specific, but I can tell you one thing, my intuition rocks. Trusting it is another story all together. I can directly relate a few regrets to going against my gut reaction and instincts. Like in college, I should have known not to move out of the dorm sophomore year and live with "Jory" when my gut told me not to sign the lease. What did I get in return, a year full of torturous "you can't use my stuff" (even though her stuff equaled the living room and mine the kitchen... and guess who used the microwave?" and coming home to a new kitten when I am allergic.
Colleen, snap out of it, that was like 15 years ago, move on. Anyway, in turn, I can relate a few successes to my gut too. I just knew (oops, back 15 years again) Loyola was the right university for me immediately when I stepped on campus during a visit. I just felt at home. Turns out, my Grand Pops went there and walked the same halls... Similarly, (flash forward 11 years) I just knew to buy my house because after touring about 20 different houses, it felt right. And it had nothing to do with just being tired of looking at houses.
So, why am I writing about this now? Well, during my trip to New York, I had an intuition moment. No big regret or success story here, just an added bonus. At the seminar, they scanned our badges during a break out. They said it was to enter us into a grand prize drawing. I thought nothing of it, but a few minutes later, my mind wondered and I got this thought in my head - "I am going to win the drawing." It was quickly followed by "no way, start paying attention." It never entered my head again... until I got an email telling me I won. Crazy!
Lesson learned: Trust your intuition. And sometimes your emotions - if you have an adverse reaction (or good reaction" to something, trust in it. Positive reactions are even better.
Oh... and free presents are fun. See what I won:
Sirius Satellite Radio Sportster 4 with 6 months subscription. Can't wait to hook it up. My poor Jeep deserves some T L C.