You’ve probably heard it before. It has many forms: follow your heart, follow your bliss, go with your gut, etc. Some refer to it as the “voice” in their head, some even refer to it as a higher power speaking to them. Whatever it is, I’ve learned that when I follow it, I can’t go wrong.
It’s opposite, or complement, is your mind. The logical part of your thinking, the one that tries to justify all your decisions with a “good reason.”
For example, I stop at my local coffee shop once a week for their Morning Glory Cookie/Muffin. It’s full of good-for-you stuff and keeps me going until lunch. Lately, though, whoever was baking the Morning Glories was cooking them a little bit longer than I would have liked. So I went in a couple weeks ago, looked at them, and when the usual woman went to get my usual morning order, I stopped her saying, “They’re a little to well done for me today.” She expressed her concern. I said not to worry about it and bought a fattening sugar coated goody instead.
This past Tuesday, I was debating to stop in to see if the Glories looked any better. My logical mind said, “You went back a couple times and they weren’t good – why try again?” But my heart said, “Just give them one more chance – trust me.” So against my better “judgment” I went with my heart.
“You’re back!” the woman behind the counter exclaimed as soon as I walked in the door. “LOOK!” she said, and spread her hands out before her encouraging me to look at the plate of Morning Glories. They were perfectly golden – not too dark or overcooked.
“Perfect,” I said, “I’ll take one.”
“Oh, good,” she said. “We didn’t want to lose you as a customer!”
A younger employee hurried over. “I’m sorry – I just started taking over baking them. They’re good?”
Before I could answer, the manager came over. “It’s on the house today.”
I thanked them all, assured the young baker she was doing a fine job, and left with a smile on my face. My heart was right – but beyond any way I could have imagined.
Of course, this is also a lesson in stellar customer service, but that’s a story for another day.
Now, you might be thinking “it was just a muffin.” But sometimes when following your heart, you start small. Like with a muffin. And once you see how well it works, you go with it on larger things. That’s why this is just Part 1 of this segment:)