Have you ever met someone whose personality immediately drew you in? Who, at first glance, seemed like someone you’d like to know better?
Not long ago, this happened to me.
I found myself seated next to another lady while both of us were getting manicures; I couldn’t help but overhear her conversation with another patron. She was articulate and engaging on the topics they discussed (health and health care). When the other lady finished and left, this one turned to me. For a time, the conversation was pleasant. Smiling inwardly, I thought, this is fun, because I love to meet and talk with new people. But it was when she ventured off into alternative care that I felt a smidge of unease. Bear in mind that I don’t take issue with alternative remedies; I personally think there’s a lot we can learn by going back to the basics – good nutrition, proper sleep, etc. But, this was different: I saw her eyes brighten and noted when she licked her lips and leaned in closer, almost conspiratorially. It hit me that the two-way info exchange had stopped; now she talked at me about energy fields, colon-hydrotherapy and her stance against vaccinations. Well, “to each his own,” I thought. A break in the conversation allowed me to sit quietly for a moment and that’s when I heard it, a ringing in my right ear, clear and steady, like an alarm going off. I smiled while trying to follow her stances on modalities, PH balances and the like. I found myself a little sad, too, because before me was a woman with a quick and seeking mind. Before me was not someone seeking conversation or friendship, however: before me was a soul whispering hear me, see me, affirm me.
When it was time to go, she smiled warmly and introduced herself as Jane, slipping her business card into my hand. I smiled back and told her my first name, too, but refrained from sharing my contact information. Instead I minded that little alarm, the one that very clearly said no.
“Intuition is always right in at least two important ways;
It is always in response to something.
It always has your best interest at heart”
― Gavin de Becker, “The Gift of Fear”
Have you ever been in this situation? How did you handle it?