2001-11-24 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

By Marilyn Gelfand

By Marilyn Gelfand

First, my heartfelt condolences to anyone suffering from the plane crash. Love and wishes of healing go out to you and all who surround you.

For me, who has not suffered any tangible loss from the plane crash, it was another type of lesson. It was a wake up call to enjoy every moment possible. I heard on the radio this morning that people on Long Island and Queens are living in fear of the future according to a survey taken. We have terrorists, malfunctioning machines and personal tragedies of our own (whether death of a loved one, layoff from work, family issues, etc. We have more unknowns heaped on top of the already formed fears of our future that we have always carried. We can live in constant fear or choose peace.

I choose peace. Every day I wake up and cleanse my energy. I take deep breaths and calm myself. I do this several times a day. I put myself into a peaceful framework and then deal with life. I do know that I am lucky because I believe that God controls life and death. I try to stay on my own path, and then leave the rest to the Universe. When my time is up, I’ll leave the Earth, and when it’s not, I’ll be protected. I have found myself concentrating more on what I can do to make myself happy, than on what will happen to me in the future. If helping others gives me pleasure that is what I do. If I want to go someplace or just rest, that’s it. I let other people have their own thoughts on every matter, and then I decide if I want to fly, go on a trip, or keep close to home. As we have learned last week, staying close to home doesn’t mean you are safe. I don’t believe that there is any right answer that fits everyone. Each person should have the right to pave their own way through life.

To be able to keep myself steady in a frightening world is a challenge. It is something that I have been spending years learning how to do. We can separate ourselves from our circumstances, and instead put our focus on our connection with God. Then we go about our lives as we see fit, and bring love and wisdom into the circumstances rather than let the connection be lost because of doubt or fear. We bring the light into the world, not the other way, of allowing doubt and fear to turn off our individual spirit. Please contact me through this newspaper if you desire additional information on how to do this.

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