When people ask me how I come up with all the plots I use in my mystery novels, I tell them I’m not really all that creative, I just write down what the voices in my head tell me to.
What? You don’t have voices in your head? Sure you do!
Maybe your voices don’t give you literary advice, but I learned a long time ago that it’s a good idea to listen. Call it what you will, a guardian angel, a sixth sense, intuition, judgment, or whatever works for you. But listen to it, because sometimes it can keep you out of trouble, or even save your life.
I think I first became aware of it when I was a young soldier. There were a few times when I was going to move in one direction, or put my foot someplace, and something told me not to. Maybe it wasn’t a verbal “voice” but it was something that made me rethink what I was about to do.
It’s happened in civilian life too, as I’m sure it has to you, even if you weren’t aware of it. Sometimes you just get a feeling that makes you more aware and alert, or convinces you to make a last-minute change of plans. Maybe you were going to hit the road but for whatever reason woke up that morning and decided to stay put an extra day or two. You might never know what could have happened, but other times it may be very clear.
I remember a few years ago when we were shopping for a motorhome to replace our old MCI bus conversion. We found one that looked good online in Las Vegas, and since we were only a couple of hours away we drove up to check it out. Though we had called the night before to set up a time to see the rig, when we got there nobody was home. I called the seller and he said something had come up and he wanted us to meet him in a parking lot several miles away. That didn’t feel good, but we went there and waited for half an hour, and he never showed up. That little voice was whispering that something was wrong but we thought that maybe we had gotten our directions wrong, so I called back and this time he gave me a different address to go to in a residential area.
But when we got there, the woman at the house said no, he was someplace else. By now that voice was not whispering, it was shouting “forget this deal” and we were ready to head back out of town when he called us back to say he was on the way. So we pulled into a parking lot and a few minutes later somebody else, not the original seller, showed up in the motorhome. It was a total piece of junk, and though he had told us he was selling it for a family member who was in poor health, the salvage auction paperwork was still lying on the dashboard. Needless to say, we were in and out of the thing in minutes.
When on the road from Point A to Point B, we don’t always want to pay for a campground just to pull in and sleep for a few hours. We have done a lot of blacktop boondocking in our 16 years as fulltime RVers. I could not begin to count the number of WalMarts, truck stops, highway rest areas, casinos, and vacant parking lots where we have spent the night. We use common sense in where we choose to park overnight, and in all of those years we have never had a problem. But there have been times we pulled into a place and something just didn’t feel right. There was nothing obvious that made the little hairs on the back of our necks stand up and made that little voice say “keep on driving,” but we heeded the warning anyway. Would something bad have happened if we stayed there? Again, we will never know. But I’m still glad we listened.
A couple of times we have been in our SUV and gone into a parking lot of a store, and spotted somebody lurking about that just didn’t seem right. They may have been wonderful, upright citizens, but we didn’t feel good and we went someplace else to do our shopping.
Does this make us paranoid? Maybe so. But then again, ignoring that voice could get you into a world of hurt. Why take the chance?
Thought For The Day – I have stopped asking “How stupid can you be?” Too many people were taking it as a challenge.
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The same thing happened to me it Vietnam, Nick. If i hadn’t listened to the voice a couple of times i wouldn’t be here now. I also figured that it was a guardian angel, and i had been raised as an atheist! 🙂
My little voice talks to me all the time …. I’m glad to know I’m just a little paranoid and not crazy!!! Sometimes I wonder!!
Know what you mean, Nick. I stopped at a pull-out on Hwy-191 & junction of I-70 NW of Moab, UT. Then several others (at various times between 6-8pm) in junkers, flatbeds carrying ‘wrecks’ and cars w/scruffy people changing seats-throwing trash on the side of the road…..; so I drove back towards Moab and stayed in a gas station parking lot (w/permission).
Maybe nothing happened, but I slept better that night with my 2nd choice.
Wishing you safe travels (& less rain/snow where ever you two are) in 2016.
Nick thankfully your guardian angel is with you and you listen ,those promptings are real and come from the Holy Ghost/ and or Guardian Angel. Holy Ghost and guardian angel are two separate beings but both are real and we have our guardian Angel with us all the time , we so many times just don’t recognize the promptings as such.
So many of us are to busy on our cell phones or what ever extraction interferes with the message and we ignore the sometimes life saving warning.
I am glad you listen
Bes Have a Great week,Blessings
Know exactly what you’re talking about, but in one case the voice was very obvious. We had stopped at an all night convience store in a small town and I went in to ask permission to stay the night. The lady (guardian angel) said yes we could stay and then leaned over the counter and quietly said but I wouldn’t. I cranked her up and we moved on. I have a question; when there are two of you and you listen to the voices you are paranoid but when there is only one and you listen to the voices are you singlenoid?
I have always called it a gut feeling. A few times in my life I tried to override it with my brain only to realize my gut was accurate. I think God made us with that extra knowing. Hope you and Terry have a wonderful new year!
You are wise to listen Nick….those feelings are there to help us!! I ignored it once…and got hit by a mack truck going about 65 mph…sigh!! I always pay attention now!!