I had this thing I used to do when faced with a shopping decision.
Say, for example, there was a sweater that I wanted to buy, but I couldn’t decide which color I liked best. Here’s what the chatter in my head would sound like: I don’t have anything in purple, but I’m more drawn to the cream. But then again I have 3 cream sweaters… maybe I should get it in purple. But do I want to get it in purple? Then again, should I really get something else that’s cream?
As you can imagine, I would be faced with a dilemma. All of my reasoning would be getting in the way of what was most important: which sweater did I prefer? I finally figured a way to get around all of my second-guessing if I had a shopping companion with me. I would ask my friend to flat-out choose one: purple or cream? And when they would say “purple,” I’d pay attention to how I felt inside—was I excited or a bit sad? In this case, I probably would have been a bit sad, because I’m really a neutrals girl at heart. Of course, this meant that I really wanted the cream sweater instead of the purple one. I’d walk to the check-out with great relief and clarity, putting the purple sweater back and telling it to stop getting in the way of my love affair with neutrals.
This might seem a bit trivial, I know. But the reason I use this example is that these situations are some of the earliest instances where I began tapping into my intuition. I didn’t really know much about what intuition was or the power or depth that it offered. But I did know one thing: that feeling inside me was revealing more than just my preference—it was speaking my truth.