Most of us have or should have the 5 basic senses, some of may not be so fortunate. They are sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. For the most part these senses are all self-explanatory and don’t really need to go into them. But to further the explanation I am calling on Wikipedia (in part) for a slightly fuller definition.
A broadly acceptable definition of a sense would be “A system that consists of a group of sensory cell types that responds to a specific physical phenomenon, and that corresponds to a particular group of regions within the brain where the signals are received and interpreted.” There is no firm agreement as to the number of senses because of differing definitions of what constitutes a sense. Sidebar; the music today is being brought to you via my IPOD being featured today include, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilot, Gemini Syndrome, Van Halen, and Puddle of Mudd, I almost forgot yes, Nickelback is pounding away too!!!!
Smiling, I am done with definitions (at least for this post), I want to talk about that 6th sense, or the 7th sense, or and 23rd sense. It’s the one each of us have, that is not recognized as one of the common senses (nor is it common sense). Some of us know when to hit on 17 at the blackjack table and are successful more times than not (especially if they are playing 5 decks), others wouldn’t know if they had a guide-book. Some will hear a phone ring and answer it knowing who is calling. Some of can sense when a friend is sick or needs us from thousands and thousands of miles away. Others of us know when not to get on an airplane. Some of know when it is really the right time to give that beggar something more than a dirty look. Moms are extremely good at knowing when their child needs a tiny bit more attention, and even more importantly when their child truly needs to be left alone. Some of us dads can figure it out with our daughters, but have more issues trying to figure it out with a son. These extra senses don’t stay with us a lifetime, sometimes they are only one time events, but that event stays with you the rest of your life, you remember your little miracle, you remember that special time and it gives you a good feeling, it does warm your soul. Sometimes these extra senses, come with maturity, and are honed as we age. Yet other times they happen for no definable reason, at no particular age. Case in point: the young man who found the 20 dollar bill in the Cracker Barrel parking lot and felt it was the right thing to do by passing it on with that now world-famous note to the soldier, who has in turn passed it forward.
I think that another word we need to consider is premonition. It is exactly like a sense only different. But just like that oddball sense you from time to time I am sure you have had a premonition. You know that feeling you get just before a storm hits, or a view just outside of your vision that something bad is going to happen. Notice the 2 examples I gave for premonitions were negative, but being honest I don’t remember having a good premonition. If I thought I was going to fail that math test, it was a pretty foregone conclusion I was going to fail that test. But what about your premonitions, have the outcome always been bad?
I suspect you’ll are awaiting my announcement as to what my special skill or talent may be, or if I have some superpower I haven’t shared with you. Oh and I do have one, but I am not going to share it with you (at least not yet).
Yet be it a premonition or an extra sense. I do believe we all have one or more. Some stay with us for a lifetime, others only for an incident. I also think a person can talk themselves into having an extra sense, and by the same token talk ourselves out of a special ability. In my opening sentence I stated that most of us have or should have the basic 5 senses, and that others might not be as fortunate. Let me be very clear, I truly believe that the folks that do not have those 5 basic senses, utilize the senses they have to a much finer degree than we do, they hear better or see better or smell better or have extremely good taste. But these folks also have special senses and utilize them much more so than us burdened with the basic five. They are not handicapped, they are empowered.
This post while playful is also somewhat serious. Please take a moment to think about yourself, and if you’re willing please share with us your special ability.
As always if you have any questions or concerns or if you have a comment please feel free to ask or post it. Take care, Bill.