bit amazing just how special a gift intuition is. We
have a sense inside of ourselves that allows us to feel
what's right and what's wrong, that allows us to know
things that we really shouldn't be able to know. It
can help us through very difficult times, and it can help
us to help others through difficult times. But
therein lies the rub--it can help us only when we believe
in it, when we trust it, and most people systematically
ignore their intuition in favor of their logic and reason.
I've spent many years myself trusting my logic and denying
my intuition. It's been only in the last decade or
so that I've felt comfortable trusting my intuition, and
I've found that my decisions are much more reliable when I
do so. I've found that the things that I do are much
more beneficial to others when I trust my feelings about
what I should do--or shouldn't do.
I've reached a point at which I trust my intuition more
than I trust my logic. When I'm with my students, I
no longer try to "figure out" what's best--I
follow my intuition as to what I should or shouldn't do in
the classroom. That voice inside of me is right so
often that it's scary, and even though I sometimes seem to
make the wrong decision, my percentage of right decisions
now is much higher than it ever was when I trusted logic.
Sometimes my intuition tells me what to say, and sometimes
it tells me not to say anything. Sometimes it tells
me to push a little harder, and sometimes it tells me to
back off because I'm reaching a breaking point. The
most important thing that I've noticed, though, is now
that I trust it more, I recognize it much more often and
I'm able to follow its guidance much more readily.