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Regrets From Intuition Ignored

Being a highly sensitive person (HSP) I’m very aware of the things that trigger my mind, body, and soul.

As I transitioned through menopause over the last ten years I have noticed many changes around what I can tolerate and what I cannot. It’s not been an easy ride, but I’m pleased to say I’m out the other side. And, things have gotten a whole lot easier.

If I’m careful that is.

A couple of months ago my husband and I (and our very bossy Border Terrier) were out for a walk and stopped for coffee. Knowing I have a major sensitivity to caffeine, I’m always super-careful to not only ensure I order decaffeinated coffee but to question what I am served up if it doesn’t quite look right. For the uninitiated, there’s a big difference in how caffeinated and decaffeinated espresso looks.

In fact, just last week, I had this experience and when I did ask the waitress to check, sure enough, the barista had in fact made my coffee incorrectly.

Today’s experience did not have such a successful outcome.

When I questioned the waiter this morning, he assured me my drink was decaffeinated.

I doubted him but took his word for it, rather than listening to my gut.

Now, I’m not looking to blame anyone else than myself here. I could have questioned him further or trusted my intuition and not drunk the coffee.

Needless to say, I spent the next three hours with very unpleasant side effects—heart palpitations, anxiety, upset stomach, sweating, and jitteriness. I know all of these sensations well, hence avoiding anything I’m sensitive to at all costs.

But, all of this aside, my big lesson today was this: Listen to your intuition, Kathryn.

What experiences have brought you unpleasant consequences of ignoring your intuition?

With love,

Kathryn x


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