There are very few things about my religious upbringing that I think about very often. But it can’t be denied that 20 years of Sunday School is going to have some kind of affect. Of the handful of things from church that I liked, one was the concept of the “still, small voice.” In short, if you’re grappling with something or unsure of what to do, stop and listen, and the voice will guide you.
In my time of belief, I would have said it was God speaking to me. Now I like to think of it more as “my conscience” or better yet, “the voice of reason.” Sometimes, in moments of whimsy, that voice takes the shape of Jiminy Cricket.
The challenge for the believer is to listen for that voice, and follow the instructions it gives. It usually knows the right thing to do, and it will try and keep you from doing the wrong thing. It’s a good system for decision making until you decide that you know better.
For instance, I should have listened to the still, small voice when it told me that I shouldn’t put my brand new mint vanilla reed diffuser on top of the toilet, balancing precariously on a barely level surface two meters off the ground in a home with two of the fightin’-est cats this side of the Mississip. But no, I said. It will be fine. If I put a glass filled with perfume and some sticks on top of the toilet, The cats wouldn’t dare take the fight there, especially if it’s right below this tempting open window and above their litter box!
You can probably guess what I knew happened the moment I walked in the door and smelled my apartment.
You win this round still, small voice. Perhaps, before I venture back out to replace the reed diffuser, I’ll listen to you telling me, “your allergies and subsequent asthma are often triggered by the smell of perfume, and maybe after Saturday night, you might not want to reintroduce that form of odor into your home.” Actually, you don’t need to tell me twice. Everything in my home, including my hyper-allergenic cats is mint vanilla scented at the moment and it’s causing me to aaaa…. aaaaachoooooo!