There was a time when I was living in the Deep South where I was lost in countryside. I was in unfamiliar territory, on my way to do a photo interview of Andersonville—a Civil War, outdoor Southern prison, located near Columbus, Georgia.
My getting lost had started with a detour. I started meandering finding lots of new roads, places I wanted to return and visit later.
But now, I needed to get serious about getting back to the highway, I needed to be there while the sun was still high in the sky.
I came to a T in the road. Decision time.
I sat there having no clue whether I should turn right or left. That’s when the voices started.
My rational brain voice told me to turn left, and I was given all the rationalizations as to why I should turn left. Every one of those rationalizations made sense.
But then, that little voice, that little intuitive voice I’d recently started hearing told me to turn right. There was no rationalization of any kind. When I questioned it, all I heard wwas, “Trust me.”
Against all rationalizations, I turned right. Around the bend and half a mile down the road was the highway. Had I turned left, I would have ended up in Alabama and hours away from where I needed to be.
That was the day I decided to always listen to the little voice.
Okay, so yes, there have been a few minor occasions where I haven’t listened, such as not eating the rest of that cake late last night, but which I did anyway, and which had disastrous results several hours later. Truth be told, I was told not to buy the cake in the first place.
When it comes to my sweet tooth, that little voice and I battle, and while I might win in that moment of purchase, that little voice is always right.