While walking down the street after a bizarre week of odd ‘coincidences’ and uncanny timings, I happened to look up and notice the announcement board of a synagogue with this quote by feminist/activist/author Robin Morgan, “Only she who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible.”

One definition of the word absurd is “inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense,” which means that any decisions or actions deemed as such perhaps come from a place that we can’t always understand, but know is from somewhere deep within us.

The presidents whose holiday we just celebrated had a bit of that going on: George Washington’s advisers seriously questioned his determination to cross the frozen Delaware, and he intuitively knew how to present himself as a leader for this new country; Abraham Lincoln’s life is full of examples of how he went against conventional wisdom and popular opinion.  Both men defied the odds by listening to their own conscience, inner voice and moral compass, and because of that became the great men we honor now..

Part of maturing is learning how to trust your own gut despite outside influences.  While advice can be helpful, when we are honest with ourselves, we are usually our own best counsel. Others might not know who we really are or may not have our best interests at heart. And I’m sure we can all remember times when we’ve dealt with the consequences of not heeding the wisdom of our gut…

My guess is that Adam Sandler trusts his intuition as to what is funny or not regardless of what the Hollywood suits might say, and from his start back in the SNL days, he expressed a unique kind of silly humor that had yet to be considered commercially viable.  Well, we all know how that turned out!

When I meet with clients, often I am simply validating and confirming what they already know but were too embarrassed, in denial, doubtful or repressed to pursue or even admit.  If when a complete stranger is able to tell you that the “crazy” idea you have, that thing you’ve always wanted to do, the life that you always dreamed of, is exactly the direction you should be going in – based on the dots I’ve connected in less than two hours and without you specifically divulging what it was –  then just go with it! It’s the green light you’ve been waiting for to produce that smash box-office hit starring none other than YOU!

(Today’s PGG was originally posted on February 22, 2011)

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