“Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think the hardest aspect with any life is being true to that inner voice. T0 me, that is how God talks to – me. In reality, I suspect that is how God talks to each of us. The trick is to listen. I have not always listened. Because I know there is a price to be paid. If you do listen, it might not be the answer you want. For example, I never thought I’d write about child sexual abuse and the epigenetic link to suicide. But I gave up trying to control, what cannot be controlled. I went for ‘it’.
I wrote Bobby’s Socks, and then I had to consider publishing it. I will remind you, be very, very careful what you wish for because it might come true. I sent the manuscript to two small print publishers, I got an offer in two weeks. After I published the novel, as you might imagine, I got all sorts of interesting questions. But my instincts told me to focus on the solution, not to focus on the past. I think that answer has made all the difference.
I think there is a power beyond us, a power that we cannot explain or control. If you hear a quiet hint, I suspect that is your instinct nudging you to be – you.