As we navigate our way through life we encounter numerous obstacles, challenges and paths, many of which are daunting and paralyzing, hindering our ability to move forward.
People look to many places to help them in this quest. Anything from horoscopes, Tarot cards or palm reading, consulting with ancestors, clairvoyants, lucky charms, through to coaches, gods and intellectual mentors are sought.
One source, primarily “self-orientated”, is self belief. To some degree, I embrace the idea of us having a positive view of who we are, what’s inside us (gut feeling) and our potential. But I do have some questions around self-belief. Our thinking and paradigms are limited, due to our circumstances, past and present, and need something/someone beyond ourselves to illuminate our way ahead.
Some time ago a soft drink company used a slogan for its new advertising campaign. “Trust your instincts, Obey your thirst”. This phrase, accompanied by “cool people” in idyllic tropical surroundings, made for an attractive campaign. The sight (in slow motion for effect), of vibrant “6 pack” endowed youth, pouring their drink liberally down their wide open mouths invoked instant thirst. The problem is those drinks give short, sharp, energy gratification, needing continual replacement
Great job done by the advertising agency and happy soft drink manufacturers.
After high school I joined an Air Force in a country at war. During our flying training, we were taught to fly at night and in extreme weather conditions, including zero visibility. When learning “instrument flying” from our instructors, we wore cumbersome headgear with side panels extending about 30 cm from our foreheads….think blinkers!! When fitted, we had no view outside, focusing our attention on the instrument panel. This taught us, when in limited visibility, to fly relying only on instrument readings.
This is a particular taxing exercise as the instruments would often totally conflict with body instincts. After most exercises I would return totally drained, mentally and physically, often sweating off kilograms! Those advertised soft drinks went down well!
One night I experienced the true intensity of this battle between self and instruments. As cadet pilots some of us were airborne on a stormy night during a navigation exercise. After half an hour flight time, I encountered increasingly stormy and cloudy weather. The training “kicked in” and I reverted to follow the readings on my instruments. However, soon the battle began. My body told me I was flying straight and level but the instruments indicated a steady descending turn to the right, losing 400 feet a minute! My body and instruments contradicted each other, until I became totally disorientated. Experiencing Vertigo , I shook my head and obeyed the instruments, but by then had descended 2000 feet and was totally “unsure of my position”………Pilots never use the L-O-S-T word
My “natural instincts” lied to me, leading to potential tragedy, had I not totally believed the “truth” of the instruments.
As a follower of Christ, despite my leaning to my own instincts, my source of wisdom and guidance comes from Him. I don’t always get it right, but feel confident that He, as my creator, has a better idea than even me as to what my future holds and what my destiny is. When I face storms, I choose to believe His “Truth”, especially when that opposes what “I” tells me.
What about you….trust your instincts or do you seek your decision making in other ways? Please comment.