It has been a pretty intense week with lots of – pretty stressful – things happening at work.
This, amongst other thoughts, has made me reconsider what I want to do after this season; do I stay for another season? Do I leave and go flying somewhere else? Or do I quit flying and do something completely different?
As always, it is easy to get caught up in your mind with questions like these. The mind tries to rationalise difficult choices. If you are not careful you end up contemplating on this question for the rest of my life.
Like my previous boss, who is at the end of his professional career, said “I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up”.
But then how dó you make these seemingly difficult choices, if not by logic? The answer lies in the heart. Intuition, divine inspiration, God, feeling, call it what you wanna call it, it’s all the same to me. If you listen carefully you can hear your heart suggest a direction. Take it. It always works out.
It is at the same time the easiest and the hardest thing to listen to your heart.
If you have never done it before, you might not even know what the voice of your heart sounds like, or perhaps your thoughts are so loud that they over shout it (that’s me!).
At the same time it is easy, because it is ever present. That voice is always there and it always gives you the same answer, or at least similar, as opposed to your thoughts that sway all over the place like an unbounded river. Your heart wants what is best for you, always.
But all this is talk about choice is worth post on its own. What I want to share with you today is a simple exercise that can help you make tough choices.
If you are serious about this, I suggest you ask a friend to read onwards from here, because the description of the exercise might spoil it for you. Also, be aware that this exercise can only be done so often and the first time is probably the most effective. So choose wisely.
Here’s the trick:
- Ask a friend to flip a coin. Seriously, ask a friend, otherwise you will ruin the surprise.
- Heads is choice A, tails is choice B.
- Your friend flips the coin, but on landing covers it with his other hand.
- He asks you to answer him one question as quick as you can. You say “cool”.
- The question he asks you is “What do you hope it will be, heads or tails?”
The answer you give straight away, is most likely the answer of your heart. Weither the coin lands on heads or tails is irrelevant.
The first time someone flipped the coin for me, I gave an answer straight away blurting out “ZAMBIA!” and here I am now. I completely forgot about this little trick until today, as I was driving the car and I thought of it. With my present choices in mind, I flipped an imaginary coin and my heart provided a beautiful answer yet again.
What does your heart say?