Monday, December 10, 2012

Listen To That Little Voice...

You know the one. That little nagging voice in the back of your head. The one that says "better park closer to the street light in this part of town" or "lock your doors even if you're just going out on the back yard" or "Grab the .357 Magnum if you're going to be hiking somewhere there are predators". That voice. The one that knows where hunches come from. The one that lets you know when something's just not right.

Listen to it. It is the voice of experience. It is the culmination of thousands of years of human evolution, where we, the hairy pink apes with no claws, horns, or teeth to speak of managed to not only survive but make it to the top of the food chain using nothing but our wits, opposable thumbs, and tool-making and using abilities. When that voice speaks, it is drawing upon the collected wisdom inherited by countless generations of what has - and has not - worked to keep us safe through the ages.

In my case, that voice was saying "you're overdoing it and you're going to be sore as hell on Monday" - and it was right...

That is all.

6 comments:

Armed Texan said...

Here's the thing about that little voice, those of us who advocate listening to it are giving into confirmation bias. In other words, even though the voice is wrong nine times out of ten, we focus on the one time it was right. On the other hand, I would rather be wrong nine times and right the one time it counted then right nine times and wrong once where the consequence is that I lose my property, my loved ones, or my life.

Alan said...

When I had the sailboat, I had a rule about the weather.

If I asked myself, "Is the weather too bad for sailing?" then it was.

If you're asking the question, then the answer is yes.

Unless it's a life or death situation, taking chances is for suckers.

Stretch said...

I had the same rule about redheads.
Not that I followed it ...

zdogk9 said...

I've lived a long time by listening to the inner idiot.

zdogk9 said...

I meant because of listening to the inner idiot.

Andie said...

Mhm... have to agree with Alan on this one. That intuitive feeling is usually pretty on the money, at least when I don't quash it. Relearning to "listen to my gut" has paid off several times in the past year; here's to hoping it will continue in the years to come.

Hope you are recovering, Jay!