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Guidepost #5: cultivating intuition and trusting faith

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

One of the most interesting things that Brene Brown says about intuition in this chapter of her book "The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are" is that it is "not independent of... reasoning". Instead, she describes it as being sort of a fast-forward of the brain, pulling together past experience and making a quick judgment.

This fits in with another book I read as part of a work reading group: Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell. That work goes deep into things like micro expressions and prejudices that feed into our "intuition" and quick decisions, and how overthinking sometimes overturns what could be good snap judgments, and other times giving in to that intuition can shut out a better informed action.

Brown, on the other hand, points out that sometimes our "gut" tells us we need more information to decide.

As for faith, she points out the innate tug of war between courage to believe in what we cannot see, and fear of uncertainty. Since so much of life *is* uncertain, the cultivation of that balance that is "faith", facing our fears, and living anyway is what enables us to live wholeheartedly.

Today's "fun": got my flu shot. Ugh! But wanted to get it out of the way a couple of weeks before I step on an airplane.

Here's hoping whatever little "tasks" are on your "special needs" list for today get done smoothly, and that you remember that YOU are worth taking care of, best you can, in this one and only Wednesday, October 16, 2019 we shall ever see! emoticon emoticon
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