Amelia Earhart Taught Me Something Today

Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean

Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean

Have you read the recent article by Huffington Post about Amelia Earhart?  Researchers have been probing into her disappearance over the South Pacific, and are now able to determine that she did not die as a result of her plane running out of fuel.  Instead, they have come to realize that she died as a castaway on a remote island.  Their research also indicates that she had sent out over 100 distress calls heard as far away as the United States.

Huh…   What does that have to do with self-esteem and emotional health?  I’m glad you asked. 

When I read the article, I immediately went to the thought of how easy it is today to be unheard.  You can imagine how amazing it must have been to have her signal heard that far away, in 1937.  However, like so many times that we reach out in our own lives, it doesn’t matter how far away it reaches.

Why do you think it is so easy to go unheard in modern day?  Well, there is the possibility of the “What does it have to do with me?” syndrome that is so widely spread across our society.  I’m more concerned about the direction my thought process went while reading the article depicting this amazing discovery. 

That is, why is it that what our internal voices are trying to tell us go unheard?  Now you see the connection.  Clearly I was on to something.

Experiential avoidance, is the term used to describe avoiding thoughts, feelings, memories, physical sensations, and other internal experiences—even when doing so creates harm in the long-run.

So, what I would like to suggest is that you consider the danger involved in not listening to your internal voices.  I mean, come on.  You have to admit that you have experienced being left saying “You know, I had a feeling that there was something wrong.”  Everyone has.  Take some time to listen.  Fear not the voices that you hear, instead give yourself a chance to show yourself that you might have some good instinct.  Besides, the truth is, the voice that you hear really is you.

This is something that I share with my clients throughout the work that we do.  Constantly.  Taking a thought and stopping for a “Where do you think that comes from?” pause can go a long way in keeping you on track going towards the life you want for yourself.  Just as it does for Amanda.  Who is Amanda?  Amanda is an alias for one of my clients.  Her sessions with me are recorded for my new podcast on ITunes.  I offer a free service to women who are otherwise unable to obtain help getting through what holds them back and in return they share with you their development.  Giving insight, inspiration and motivation for others to move through their stuff too.  Take a listen.  Leave a review.  I would love to hear your thoughts.

Until next time…


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Leigh Burton