In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Gut Feeling: When’s the last time you followed your instinct despite not being sure it was the right thing to do? Did it end up being the right call?”

I’m a psychiatric nurse, we teach others to follow their instinct or Gut Feeling all the time. People generally get into trouble when they don’t follow it. First however one must learn how to acknowledge what that feeling is. I find many people are disconnected from it but it’s always available to us. Time must be spent re-connecting to your Gut Feeling and then starting in small steps to trust it. The times when things go wrong in my life are due to one thing- I had a lapse in trust in myself and didn’t follow my Gut Feeling. The Gut Feeling was still always there. Those have surely been lessons learned.

I follow my gut feeling on a regular basis and it has never steered me wrong. The most recent example is taking a class at Boston Wine School titled Working in Wine. I had other obligations for the money but I chose to  spend it on tuition. I have trust in the process and flow of Life: so I took the class. It has led me to people who have been extremely encouraging and knowledgeable,  exposed me other professionals in the wine industry who shared their winding path through the forrest of choices, the other students in the class have also been on a road to career change and this has been invaluable to me because we have all learned something from each other. Being with like-minded people can also help one learn to trust their Gut Feeling.

Moreover, I am excited about opportunities to take more classes at the school and participate in student assisting programs, thus furthering my education in wine. This one step of taking a class led me to all of the above and to enroll in a writing course and of course begin this blog. All of this from simply trusting my Gut Feeling. If you click on the link above “Gut Feeling” you’ll be able to read other’s stories.