Sharon Valentine Houston, Texas, United States
Chapter 14 – The Sixth Sense
About this time of year people start thinking about the gift-giving season and what to buy for loved ones. Gifts for children often require assembly, and parents who believe they’re mechanically inclined take on the challenge of assembling. When you open the box, there are plastic pieces large and small, a bag containing 1,000 bolts, screws, and nuts, and with any luck a set of instructions. You start, and quickly run into a road block – “Insert bolt 59-A into hole B12.” The pictures don’t match the plastic part, and you’re stuck. With the deadline of Christmas morning looming and the thought of a disappointed child, you consult the neighbor down the street who has grown children – certainly he’s put together a gadget like this before. You watch YouTube videos and consult the company’s web site for quick tips. After much persistence and effort, the toy is assembled and under the tree, ready for the little one to enjoy for many years.
Developing the sixth sense is much like assembling a large toy – bike, play set, or doll house. You’re born with a set of items that you need to put together during your life -- but you don’t have the instructions. Parts are cleverly disguised as life’s challenges and setbacks to overcome and learn from. Positive messages from adults and growing experiences are tools to build your character, personality and tenacity. To develop the sixth sense, you need to experience life, consult with the neighbor down the street who has wisdom to share, watch YouTube videos by TED Talks, Jim Rohn and others who teach personal development, and read books about the importance of self-talk and decluttering your mind. Then apply all that knowledge.
All this personal growth while supporting a family, moving up in your chosen career path, and contributing to the community. Mr. Hill says that the sixth sense doesn’t mature and become useable until we’re in our 50’s. Putting all the parts together takes time, and just like the coveted bike under the tree, the persistence and effort are well worth it. So, put up your sleeves and get to work!