This morning I woke up looking terrible.
Not that unusual but today was particularly bad.
So bad, in fact, that one of my ten year-olds noticed. I told him I hadn’t slept well and that I’d had a dream about a boy in his class.
Was it Nicholas, he asked? I just about fell off my chair.
It was about Nicholas.
How did he know? We barely know the boy, he isn’t part of our conversations or my awareness generally.
Yet my son had some kind of intuition, some kind of laser beam into my brain. Scary.
Many years ago, another child in my then world had a similar insight. He just knew that something bad was going to happen. He told his mom. And it did. It wasn’t good.
My mom tells a story about how I, when I was about eleven, broke the habit of a lifetime and became extremely and excessively helpful one morning, on a day she was feeling particularly awful.
She asked me how I knew that she needed help that day and I just told her I knew. I didn’t know how I knew; I just knew.
And I just knew what I had to do. And I did it.
No questions, no resistance, no major emotion good or bad. I just did.
In the main, I’ve lost that ability to just know. I think backwards and forwards, right and left, up and down. I work out all the permutations of a course of action and hopefully come up with the right decision.
And yet, that seems an awful lot of energy to expend to get to the same point as my eleven year-old self.
I wonder what we’d all do if we just suspended thought and just did.
Seems a lot less complicated and burdensome.
It begs the question – is life intrinsically complicated or do we make it so with our thoughts? How practical and possible is it to just do? Have you or your child had experiences when you just ‘knew?’ Let me know in the comments!
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