Listening to your first mind 6

This morning, I listened to my first mind, which actually spoke to me last night.  “Get up” it said.  “Get gas and go to the grocery store to pick up the few things you need, before your 10 o’clock meeting.” Saturday meeting (sigh), 10 am (dang), pending snow storm (sigh again).

“Well…” after-thought interrupted. life-coaching-listen

“Well…nothing,” first mind said last night and then again this morning.

“The snow won’t be that bad after the meeting.  They (the weather folks) aren’t always accurate with timing or intensity,” second mind, a persistent voice inclined toward procrastination piped up again.

But something said…or more accurately, first mind came in loud and clear this morning.  “Get up now!” commandingly, and then, more diplomatically because pissing me off tends to make me stop, “You’re not gonna get any real sleep with this lingering cold.  Get on up. Good, girl.  Let’s go.”

And so I did.  Streets were pretty quiet.  Snow not yet falling.

After-thought started trying to throw detours into the mix – “Go to the store near your house and then come back and put the groceries in the house; you’ll have plenty of time to get to the meeting.”

First Mind, “Don’t listen. It’s cold enough that the groceries will be fine in the car.  Go to the store closer to the meeting that way you’ll be on the right side of town if you go into a food-buying trance or a snow-is-coming-food-buying-mob.”

I listened: got my errands done and made it to my meeting 20 minutes early.  Was able to ease in to meeting mode.

I have been trying for a while to listen to that first mind rather than procrastinating, changing the original idea, or ignoring it.  Always works better when I do.

How about you?  Do you listen to your first mind?

(BTW – When you talk to yourself, you’re never alone – something I read somewhere).

Other posts by Candelaria Silva about firsts:

The First Wrong

Always meeting for the first time



About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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