It is the school holidays in Switzerland and I have had far too much exposure to children’s cartoons. Really. Way toooooo much.
I was having a wonderful session with a client today and we were talking about the beautiful role that wisdom plays in our lives, when the most extra-ordinary image popped into my head:
We talked about how wisdom is around us all the time, whispering in our ear, and potentially guiding us for our entire lives. Only we so often break the system and override our wisdom with “important” thoughts. Take for example my recent holiday in Spain. At the end of a long, beach filled day, we had decided to drive major-ly out of our way to go to a massive sports shop. This would involve driving past the turning for our accommodation. As we approached the motorway exit, I felt a little whisper:
“Get off here, go home“.
“No!” I replied! “I have been thinking about this all week! We are doing this!“
Yes, we got lost. No, we didn’t find the store. Yes, we wasted 45 minutes. Yes, I was very annoyed – but mostly at myself for not listening in the first place!!!!
Speaking about this with my client, I realised that it is very similar to how these ‘devil and angel-on-the-shoulder cartoons’ are drawn. We have an angel, our innate wisdom, sitting on our shoulder, whispering to us the best course of action at any given time. Then we have the ‘devil’ on the other shoulder, who is our whirling swirling thoughts, who think they know best, and generally tend to get us into a lot of trouble. They don’t mean too, and they are certainly not the ‘devil’, in fact they think they are also doing things in our best interest.
Which one would you listen to? The one that thinks it is in our best interesting, or the one that knows it is in our best interest?
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