There is something extraordinary about getting such a message that comes only from within yourself; and, with that, something irreplaceable about the epiphany you experience that you cannot ignore the voice that is speaking. When I was walking yesterday at Greenlake Park, I was enjoying the green and blue scenery around me (it's July, thus the time of year in Seattle where we get the rare and extremely treasured sunny days!); but then suddenly, the voice in me told me to start jogging.
While thinking to myself that this was the most random thing ever unless my instincts were telling me that a man was running towards me from behind with a knife, I would also be reminded that it is always good to listen to your gut. For instance, if I didn't start jogging, I would have felt less challenged as a person wanting to get in better shape; I then would have been less likely to gain the confidence I did once I had started running--because during yesterday's trip to the park, I ended up jogging nonstop for one and a half miles (which probably doesn't sound like much to those who are highly athletic, but it was quite a big step for me!).
Such a pleasant surprise is a treat for me. And, many more pleasant surprises will come when you follow your instincts.