It’s frustrating that I can’t recall many of the innumerable examples when I listened to that little voice in my head. It’s probably because I’ve gotten really good at heeding that little voice. (See below for updates.)
Chances are I’ll better remember the times when I didn’t heed it and then regretted it – because those are the times something got lost or broken. The times that I do heed it, the “event” is a non-event and there’s nothing to remember!
I recall the time I had a bunch of women over for a party and felt I should move someone’s glass of wine (white, thankfully) from where it sat. I resisted the urge and, of course, it later went crashing to the floor.
Or the time my attention drifted to the bike helmets in the garage and I wondered why, until the next day I backed over the one that had rolled out behind the wheel of my car.
Or the day I had the very distinct and strange feeling that I would lose my Blackberry and, indeed, left it at the PacSun store – the first and only time I ever left it anywhere. Luckily, I drove back and found it.
That little voice talks to me all the time. It’s almost cosmic, as if inanimate obects are sending out vibes – “notice me”, “don’t forget me”, “you are going to lose me this afternoon”.
And if a thought crosses my mind, like “I wonder if Amy’s confused about when we’re meeting”, there’s a strong chance that, indeed, there’s been a miscommunication. I’m not fully aware of it, but my subconscious is suspicious.
Pay attention to it!!
On the flip side is my superstition that if I congratulate myself on something, say the fact that the big screen TV we bought from Costco 18 months ago hasn’t caused us any problems (something I was worried about), then there’s a 90% chance it will, indeed, stop working within the week. (You can probably guess that this is what I’m dealing with currently.)
Or if we mention how great it is that, finally, all our renters are reliable and stable, we’ll get a call, within 5-7 days, that Joe has been transferred to DC. (Dealt with this exact scenario two months ago.)
My husband and I are forever knocking on wood. Or telling each other “don’t say that!!”.
Crazy? Not in our house. That little voice is more reliable than the weather forecasts around here.
It’s hard to come up with five posts/week, especially now that I’ve been blogging for close to a year. So, I thought it would help (and be fun) if I made note of all the times I listened that little voice and it paid off. These may seem obvious, or trivial, but that’s the nature of how it works.
06/04/2013 – Unfortunately, this is an example of when I didn’t listen to the little voice in my head. One of our children was really struggling with a summer school class. It occurred to me that maybe he should withdraw from it. But I wanted to be optimistic, so I didn’t suggest it. The next day everything fell apart and he decided to withdraw. And the deadline had been the day before. Knowing the drop dates and withdraw dates for college classes probably deserves it’s own post. It can be a very expensive lesson.
05/20/2013 - Rachel’s graduation ceremony is on Wednesday. The girls wear white dresses under their gowns. Don’t ask me why. This is in addition to the prom dresses we all have to spring for. Luckily, Rachel borrowed hers this year.
Anyway, I had picked out five white dresses at Macy’s a few weeks ago. She’s down to choosing between two. One of them is ever-so-slightly big, so I thought I’d check to see if they had a smaller size when I was there returning the others today. They were on sale, which is good! But, it also meant there was hardly any selection left. I scrounged through the discount rack and could only find a size 8, which didn’t surprise me. I knew it would be a long shot that they’d have the size I was looking for. I was about to leave when that little voice in my head said to ask the sales clerk to search their system for a size 2 for me. It said there was exactly one in all of Colorado, and it was right there in the store. She found it for me (embarrassingly, on the same rack I had already gone through). I was SO excited I forgot to see if I could use one of my coupons. Of course, I remembered as soon as she had finished ringing me up. She was very sweet and patient, returning and re-ringing the dress for me, and I saved an additional $12.
05/19/2013 – last month a school friend of Rachel’s stayed with us for 4-5 days when her parents went on vacation. Of course, I didn’t find out until the day beforehand. Note to parents – don’t rely on the kids. If you don’t talk to the other parents yourself, assume that a) they know nothing about the plans, or b) the plans the kids tell you are wrong. Anyway, I asked the mom, whom I’ve never met, for contact info and a medical consent letter (since their daughter is a minor). She left an envelope which I never opened since there was never a need to call. Yesterday I was cleaning my desk and tossed it in the trash. That little voice in my head said to get it out and open it up. Sure enough, there were two $20 bills inside for gas and food.