How To Avoid Being Hit In the Head With A Brick Or Run Over By A Truck: What You Can Learn From My Story


There is a wonderful story that when we’ve wandered off course, the Universe will send us signals that if we heed them will gently steer us back on track.  And all is right with the world.

The first of these signs is like the tickle of a feather.   Perhaps a gut feeling.  Maybe snippets of a conversation that you were meant to hear.  Feathery light touches that guide us in life.

Unless we ignore them.

Along comes the brick.  A short, sharp, painful blow to the head.

A rude awakening.  Impossible to ignore.  Almost.

But if we ARE foolish enough or stubborn enough to continue on, along comes the truck.

Think tons of moving metal hurtling towards you.


I’ve dodged the truck and lived to tell the tale.

And in the process learned valuable life lessons that I’ll never forget.

It was a time in my life that I look back now in wonder at how misguided I was. And so fiercely determined to continue along a path that every cell in my body was screaming at me to change.

A simple enough situation, really.  A job that was super high stress and a poor fit for me, with a two hour commute each day in an area of work that wasn’t closely aligned with my values.

I ignored the feathery light touches that escalated rapidly to painful blows to the head.

The hour long drive home crying all the way.  The bone deep exhaustion.  The feeling of dread when I woke up each morning, knowing I had to go to work.

Yet I continued.  I wasn’t a quitter.  Maybe if I worked harder. Became better at what I did.  As a high achiever it was inconceivable to me that I could fail.

Inside I felt like I was dying.

Until finally the situation drove me to my knees and I DID quit.  And slowly began to rebuild my life again doing what I love.

While I would never wish to go through a situation as painful as that again, I treasure the life lessons it taught me.

The importance of living a life aligned to my values.

And that quitting and moving on can sometimes be the best decision you can make.

I’m super vigilant now for those feathery light touches that guide me gently through life.

And so it is with our health, really.

A feather for me these days might be the trousers that are a tighter fit than they used to be.

Perhaps for you it might be a slight breathlessness as you play with your kids.  Or that gut feeling that you need to make some healthy changes in your life.  Or maybe a friend or family member has been diagnosed with a serious illness.

Take heed.  Don’t wait for the brick or the truck.

Tiny steps are all it takes.  You CAN do this.

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2 Responses to How To Avoid Being Hit In the Head With A Brick Or Run Over By A Truck: What You Can Learn From My Story

  1. Judith February 12, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    What a powerful metaphor and I’ve experienced all three of these at different times in my life! 🙁
    I’ve been hit by the brick and truck because I’ve consciously ignored the feather and thought “I’ll do it later”. Later comes and the situation was much worse. If only I’d listened to my gut, saw the signs and felt the feather tickling!

    • Claire February 14, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

      You’re so right, Judith! Once you get hit by the brick and the truck, we tend to get better at listening for those gentle signs 🙂

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