I remember watching a reality TV show that challenged couples to drive through an obstacle course. The intention was to avoid as many obstacles as possible while completing the course in the shortest amount of time. Sounds easy enough but, the driver was blindfolded so they couldn’t see a thing.
To manage the course, the passenger, usually a romantically involved partner, would give directions to the driver. They had to tell the driver when to speed up, slow down, stop, turn either left or right, everything the driver would normally do without much thought. Remember, the driver was completely blind. As you would imagine many obstacles were hit, and a few cars destroyed, not to mention what happened to the relationships.
This made me think of how often we allow others to make many of our life choices. When we fail to make a choice, others will make them for us. Yet their choices may not align with what we truly want, or the truth of who we are.
It seems crazy allowing others to make decisions for us, but when we lack focus, this is exactly what happens. When we say we don’t care about an outcome, those who do care will make that choice for us. The difference between reality TV and life, is life is real and our lack of focus has consequences, while reality TV is entertainment.
The choices we allow others to make for us may have long lasting repercussions. If we are not involved in making the best decisions for our own well-being, then we may miss many opportunities to live to the fullness of who we are.
Yet, why do we allow others to dictate the direction of our life? In many cases it may be because we are not strong enough in our self-love to stand up for ourselves and speak our truth. At times remaining silent is a good thing, but when it comes to living our best life, we must find the courage to be honest and true to ourselves.
We may feel we are going through life blindfolded, but when we know what is true and right for us, we will feel our way through any obstacle. This is where learning to trust our intuition will serve us best. Our intuition knows exactly what we want and is always guiding us toward it.
Unlike driving blindfolded, our eyes are open through much of life, although we may not see the path ahead clearly. Everything we experience in our day will give us an emotional reaction. These feelings, along with trusting our intuition, will provide us with the information needed to make the choices that are true and right for us.
The wonderful thing about intuition is it always knows what is best for us. All we have to do is to listen for its quiet guidance, knowing our intuition has our best interest as its main focus. The challenge becomes one of trusting and understanding the feelings our intuition sends us.
To live to the fullness of who we are, we must make many choices that are out of our zone of comfort. Yet our intuition will supply us with the guidance we need to move through the darkness of uncertainty while making these decisions. Similarly to having a co-pilot who knows what we truly want in life, our intuition is guiding us toward our best life possible through our emotions and gut feelings.
To direct our life toward one of fulfillment, passion, and truth, we need focus, trust in our intuition, and a strong sense of self-love. Otherwise others will be making our life choices for us. If we choose to live this way, we may as well be driving blindfolded through the obstacles of life.
Are we driving blindfolded, or are our eyes open to the possibilities? Let me know what you think. Leave a question or comment below. I’m always open to exploring the subject further.
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It can be a challenge questioning our beliefs, because our new way of seeing the world may be contrary to what we have been taught by those we love. What then? It may be easier to maintain an unhealthy belief rather than confront those around us with a different point of view.
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