In my last story, "Coincidence?", I relayed to the reader an experience I had where I listened to that voice inside. The following is what happened to me when I didn't listen.
My husband and I are lucky enough to own a boat. We spend most weekends during the summer months on our favorite lake. Sometimes we'd go with family and friends, and sometimes it's just the two of us.
Many, many times, when it's just the two of us, my husband and I have discussed taking a full day to cruise from one end of the lake to the other. It would be such a peaceful and beautiful cruise. Something we have wanted to do, but alas after many summers, we still have not taken that cruise.
Last summer, on one of our just the two of us trips to the Lake, we hit the water at about 6:30am. It was perfect. With no other boats on the water, it makes the water smooth as glass and so beautiful. We set out to find a cove. At that time of the morning, there were a lot of empty coves to choose from. It was great! We settled into a cove at around 7:00am. I was ready for a wonderful day on the water.
At about 7:30am, my husband looked at me and asked, "Do you want to go cruise to the other end of the lake?" My immediate and intuitive response to him was "No." He was a little surprised by the "No" so fast and so final. It kind of surprised me as well. My husband said, "Ok." That was the end of it.
I sat in the boat staring out into the lake, and was talking to myself, "Why not? It's a beautiful day, it's early in the morning so we have all day. We have a full tank of gas, a great engine. We have plenty of food and water. Why not go for a ride along the lake?" I could not come up with a reason not to take the ride. I looked at my husband and said, "I've changed my mind, let's go."
We got the ladder up, boat ready to go. We left the cove and headed toward the opposite end of the lake. In about 4 minutes, we were about 150 yards from shore, headed on our long anticipated cruise to the other end of the lake! I was thinking to myself, "I sure hope I don't regret deciding to go." I was feeling a little anxious. Then...BAM! We had hit an unmarked underwater hazard and the entire prop was destroyed and the engine was not going into gear! We were dead in the water.
I'll spare you all the details of the rest of the day, but suffice it to say we had $3500 in damages and it took two weeks to get the boat back in the water.
In "Coincidence?", I listened and it probably saved my life. I would have liked to have "listened" this day in the lake!
I have begun mediating recently in order to get myself to "listen" more often. Hopefully, mediation will help in this effort.