Paying Attention To Ourselves

I’ve had a couple of instances recently where I should have paid attention to what I was saying to myself.  Here’s an example …

I love to pick blueberries when they’re in season in Oregon, which they are now.  Oregon blueberries are so flavorful and far superior to anything I can get in the store.  My favorite blueberry variety is Legacy, and since they were ready to pick I headed out to my favorite blueberry farm.

When I showed up and told the farm owner that I was there to pick some Legacies, he showed me on the map where they’d be.  He also let me know that I’d have to work for them because his crew had recently picked in that area.  That sounded good to me, so I headed out toward my destination.

Once I got where I thought I was supposed to be, I eagerly started picking.  After a couple of minutes I thought to myself, “There seem to be a lot of berries on these bushes for being recently picked.”  After a few more minutes of picking I thought, “These Legacies seem to be smaller than the ones I’ve picked before.”   Undeterred by these two thoughts, I kept picking until my bucket was full.

When I went to pay for the berries I picked, the owner looked down at my bucked with a perplexed look on his face and said, “You know these are Jerseys and not Legacies, right?”

Arrrrgh!!  It seems I got the instructions where to pick mixed up and picked on the wrong row.  While the Jerseys were still delicious, they were not the Legacies I was looking forward to.

What’s interesting is that I seemed to be trying to tell myself that I was in the wrong place, yet I was not listening to myself.  Looking back, I should have responded to my thoughts with one or both of the following:

  • “Yeah, these are too small to be Legacies.”
  • “Yeah, there are way too many berries on these bushes to have already been picked.”

Instead, I just ignored my own warnings.  Fortunately, the stakes were pretty low, so no real harm was done.  Still, I didn’t get the result was after because I didn’t pay attention to my own prompting.

Has this ever happened to you?  Have you ever ignored your own prompting when oy shouldn’t have?  If so, let’s make an effort to begin paying attention to the promptings and warnings we’re communicating to ourselves.  We just might know what we’re talking about.

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