Follow your intuition

I think we don’t give our heart and our gut enough credit. We often know more than our brain thinks we know. I was reminded of this when I was at a dinner last week.

I sat around speakers of different languages. We all shared a common language of English, but we all also spoke other languages. As the night wore on, people started to mix the languages - or they used the right language but with the wrong person. The person sitting next to me started speaking to me in Russian, when I replied correctly, but not in Russian, she was surprised. How could I understand? I don’t think the Russian course I took 20 years ago helped me, I remember how to say car, please and thank you. That is it!

Likewise, there were a few Dutch speakers at the table. A couple of times, they asked questions in Dutch. I responded with appropriate short answers. When yes and no were no longer useful, I had to show the person that I don’t actually speak Dutch. How could I answer his questions then?

I don’t believe that I have a hidden talent for languages. I do believe that I have a fairly keen sense of intuition. My gut and my heart know what is happening before my brain does. If you hear the saying “listen to the feeling in your gut”, this is a wise thing to do.

When I haven’t followed this feeling, I have found myself in difficult situations.

Of course, this is not only for language. It is also for other areas of life including safety. If you have a feeling in your gut that is telling you a situation is unsafe, follow your gut! It will keep you out of trouble.