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Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life by Margie Warrell

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—Chapter 5—

An odd feeling in your gut. A subtle sense of foreboding. A funny inkling. A knowing whisper: ‘This just feels right' . Or wrong.

I'm sure you've felt those intuitive murmurs before. The question is, how often have you trusted them? And those times you didn't, how did it cost you — professionally, personally, financially or physically?

Beyond our conscious awareness, our ‘sixth sense' reads miniscule signals that point us to pay attention to something … or someone. Wired only to perception, our intuition can guide us to making snap decisions we later marvel at. ‘Somehow I just knew,' people will later say about a hidden danger they simply knew to veer away from or an opportunity they spontaneously seized despite knowing little about it.

When I was 21 I set off around the world with little more than a backpack, some traveller's cheques, and a sense of adventure. Along the way I met thousands of people and developed a keen sixth sense about those I could trust and those it was better to steer away from. I remember meeting an off-duty Amtrak conductor, Peter, on an Amtrak train from St Petersburg to Miami. After Peter had told me that the Amtrak station in Miami was miles from the South Beach hostel where I was meeting up with my friend Mia and that the public bus schedule on Sundays was very limited, he offered to give me a lift in his car, which was parked at the ...

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