Do You Listen to Your Little Voice?

Lately, mine has been saying some pretty strange things. Usually it’s the standard admonishments about not getting things done, forgetting to do the laundry, letting deadlines pass me by at warp speed or being fat. There is the occasional critique on my writing but I’ve learned to ignore most of those and I hardly hear them anymore.

But lately…mine has been telling me to ‘wait.’ Yep, that’s it. Just, ‘wait.’ It refuses to answer my questions: “Wait for what? Is something going to happen? Do you know something I don’t know? I hate to wait, why do I have to wait? Can’t you wait and then fill me in with a memo? Wait for WHAT????” Silence. No response, no chiding, no snappy comeback, nothing.

You might say I should ignore my little voice and go about my business. Well, usually I do ignore it – at least most of it – but this time I can’t seem to. It’s as though I am under the spell of the magic mantra, ‘wait.’ Wait, wait, wait, wait. I can’t seem to do anything but obey. Do you suppose it’s the thought police? Are they finally here after all this time?

Maybe it’s my intuition. I have that you know. Oh yes, from the beginning, I have had that funny little ability to sense things. I suppose we all have it to some degree – but mine can sometimes have such power of persuasion that it literally stops me cold. And it can be really annoying too. Luckily, it doesn’t involve talking to dead people – at least most of the time. So, maybe it’s my intuition telling me I should wait. That good things come to those who wait. That patience is a virtue. That an event is coming to which I need to pay attention. If I’m in motion and all crazy and multi-tasking like a loony I’ll miss it. A blur on the screen of life and I won’t have even noticed its coming and going.

Or maybe I’m just tired and need a break. Maybe I’ve been working too hard and my psyche needs a break. Could explain why I haven’t a thought in my head – other than ‘wait.’ Could be why nothing is getting to me in a good or a bad way. It could be….

Consequently, I’ve been playing a lot of computer Mah Jong and Spider. I’m in the wait mode. I’m in a holding pattern. I’m hovering. I’m waiting.

What’s your little voice telling you?

WC

19 thoughts on “Do You Listen to Your Little Voice?

  1. My voice is currently being narrated by Margaret Thatcher and gets very angry when I insist on wearing trousers to work. I have tried everything to get her out of my head but you can only flush your head down the toilet so many times before David Hasselhof dives in and starts lecturing about water safety and drinking more…

    LOL Paul, I want your inner voice. I need the material. πŸ˜†
    WC

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  2. While you’re waiting, fragments of ideas and various thoughts are forming in that head of yours.
    And that’s always a very good thing.
    My inner voice has been speaking in Russian lately so I haven’t understood one damn thing it’s saying.
    Keep me posted on the ‘wait’, okay?
    ~m

    Hey Bro,
    Russian eh? Sounds about right. I hear they have tapes you can play while you’re sleeping to teach you a new language – maybe this is a hint??? πŸ˜‰

    I hope something is forming up there – I was thinking it was just brain cells screeching through their final swan song.
    WC

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  3. My inner voice is hinting that my ‘wait’ is over, that I should – like you- be patient and not force things – especially not creativity wise…..
    My inner voice tells me that it loves me, which I really need to hear because it’s just been too bloomin noisy around here lately.
    My inner voice is telling me to make sure I really pay attention to this last summer month, as soon it will be over……
    Yep, and then there’s the other one that’s lecturing me back to work…….
    Have a wonderful waiting day my dear…..

    Hey Spaz,
    Your inner voice sounds so much nicer than mine. πŸ˜‰ How do you get it to tell you it loves you?
    WC

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  4. Hi WC,
    I keep demanding my inner voice gives me ideas for stories. For long periods it will stay quiet – petulant little thing it is – but then it will give me what I call a ‘brain storm’, when ideas pour out.
    This can go on for several hours, and after writing upwards of 20 ideas, I’ll be exhausted.
    ‘That’ll teach you,’ it says.

    Hey Anthony,
    Mine does the same sometimes. Not lately though. If you have any spare ideas you don’t need, send them my way. πŸ˜‰
    WC

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  5. See that’s the beauty with the inner voice, they all say the same.
    Trouble is, all the other voices tend to speak louder. So don’t give me that ‘my voice sounds nicer’. It doesn’t. And you know it! πŸ˜‰

    Aw, stop scolding me or I won’t buy those 28 beers in the 28 pubs we’ll be visiting. πŸ˜†
    Wc

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  6. Russian, Michael? Mine’s been in German, but I can understand that :]
    MsChickie, I too can sense things. Sometimes it’s extremely scary what I can sense *because it ends up happening!* and you need a break. You need a mental break. What sort of break, I haven’t a clue. But it’s not healthy that’s for sure.
    You’re a good person. One that is DAMN talented, one that I envy. I don’t want to call what you’re going through as a funk, but some would call it that perhaps. Just do whatever makes you happy.
    Oh, and my inner voice is telling me to eat something. It’s hungry.

    Aw thanks Red,
    You’re so sweet. I think I just need some ideas. Maybe it’s just a phase, like the terrible two’s? πŸ˜‰
    WC

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  7. My little voice keeps demanding more food. And margaritas.

    Seriously, my little voice has been telling me to be still and mindful. And to stop worrying about my grown child – deep cleansing breath, let it go. It’s actually working.

    Hey OB,
    I stand next to you and take that breath with you. πŸ™‚
    WC

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  8. Mine has been telling me that I should wait too and I know what I’m waiting for – I’m waiting for answers that will come when I’m ready to hear them.

    I’ve been thinking of you Annie and missing you! I read one of your last posts wanting to know what others know about literary agents and I had meant to respond to that but I got very sidetracked. I do have some notes I’d saved though and it’s funny because I saved those notes for you before I’d read your post! I just wanted to add to them before I responded.

    Sorry I got lost.

    ~ RubyShooZ ~

    Peace, love and understanding.

    Oh Roobs,
    You’re such a sweetie. I’d be thrilled to see any notes you want to share.
    And isn’t it funny how those answers don’t come until we’re ready?
    WC

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  9. You know what’s funny. I don’t even like beer very much, and the thought of drinking 28 makes me sick. Can I switch that to glasses of red wine or whiskey perhaps?

    Sweetie,
    We can drink whatever we want. I’m not even sure how it got into being a beer thing. I’ll have to think on that and get back to you. πŸ˜‰
    WC

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  10. I generelly don’t listen to the voices in my head. They are all assholes. I know the bastards are out to get me. Paranoid Schizophrenic? I don’t think so.

    Aw don’t worry darlin’ – I’ll protect you. πŸ˜†
    WC

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  11. Waiting is good. i believe that so often, we rush things because our outer world is one of task, multi-tasking, and results. It’s so difficult to slow down. When i feel ‘wait’ inside, i do my best to obey.

    Lately, my inner voice has been encouraging me to rearrange my priorities. She is asking an awful lot at this time. Everything in the world is going on at the moment. She also suggested i grow some balls, speak up for myself and quit hiding behind ‘sweetness’. Supposedly, it’s okay if everyone in the world doesn’t like me.

    Yeah, whatevers!

    Anyway, we all need to listen and trust our true inner voices. If we did, we could avert so much turmoil and frustration.

    >”Balls,” said the queen, “if I had them, I’d be King.” One of my all time favorite jokes. You seem pretty ballsy to me – but maybe you are a little puppy in real life? No matter. You’re right, listening to the good inner voice is a must, isn’t it?

    WC

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  12. Hi WC,

    No. Since I have somewhere between six and a dozen inner voices on any given day, I try to ignore them as much as possible. Mostly, I listen to my wife, although, I must admit, not all that closely πŸ˜‰

    the Grit

    Hi Grit,
    Are you sure? Cuz I think they are posting on your site when you ain’t looking. πŸ˜‰
    WC

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  13. my little voice will say things like “no, you don’t NEED that second piece of cake” and then out of nowhere, a bigger voice comes in and smacks the shit out of the little voice and then it says “cut it bigger, that’s right. we LIKE cake”.

    I think your little voice and my little voice come from the same universe. πŸ˜†
    WC

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  14. I don’t have a little voice, I have a huge one. All it says to me is ‘GET OFF YOUR ASS AND GO BLOG READING YOU IDIOT!’
    As you can see, I finally caved and here I am πŸ™‚
    Cheers, Kelly

    Oh stop…I know you’re out there. No worries.
    WC

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  15. Hi WC,

    That may be, but at least they remember to use the spell checker. Perhaps I should give each a separate login?

    the Grit

    Hi Grit,
    Separate logins might not be a bad idea, that way you can tell which little voice is getting the stats. πŸ˜†
    WC

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  16. Hi WC,

    Stats! We don’t need no stinking stats! Which, for the last month or so, is a good thing because we’re not getting them πŸ˜‰

    the Grit

    Hi Grit,
    Ah yes, the Treasure of the Sierra Blog-dre – I remember it well.

    Twaffick! We don’ need no stinkin’ twaffick!

    WC

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  17. Hi WC,

    On an up note, I believe we are seeing the beginning of an up swing. I suspect that this is because it’s just to damn hot to go out, so people are hanging out on the net more.

    the Grit

    I suspect you are right. Maybe folks are trickling back from their vacations and all – school starts next month and it’s not that far away.
    WC

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