I was reminded of an obvious, and painful, lesson while out collecting seaweed on the weekend. I started out the day by hitting the local jetty with my son. We went out with the goal of trying to catch a couple of fish, or at least trying. After an hour of fishing (where I achieved some excellent casts, placing the bait exactly where I wanted it) we ended up empty handed. We did, however come within metres of a young dolphin who was swimming at the end of the jetty… so it wasn’t a complete waste of time.
After fishing we decided to hit the beach, intending on collecting some more seaweed… at least we would return home with some food.
As we walked towards the rocks that have the best seaweed I decided to take a short cut across some wet sections of ground. As I was about to step on a rock, which was covered in seaweed, and slick with water. In the back of my mind I heard my voice advising me that I should be careful stepping on the rock. The smart thing to do would have been to step around it, or find another path. I am sure you guess what I did… I stepped right on that wet, slimy rock. Immediately my foot slipped out from under me and I landed on my left hand and back. At first, I was worried I have seriously injured myself, so I laid on the cold ground trying to sort out the situation. After I realised I wasn’t about to die from the pain, I decided it would be best if we went home. On the drive, I told myself I needed to buy some of those chemical ice packs for the first aid kit. They would have been very welcome on the short, but uncomfortable, drive home.
Once home we realised the injury was just a bruise, so I spent the rest of the day resting the hand… despite all my plans to work in the garden. If I had listened to my intuition I wouldn’t have hurt myself…. I could have had a great day at the beach and done some much needed work in the garden. I think this is a great lesson to me, and hopefully to you all, about the importance of listening to your inner voice. I know my head is often filled with useless information… such as the lyrics to most of the songs from the 1980s, yet it is still useful to pay heed to that inner voice.