2002-10-19 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

By Marilyn Gelfand

By Marilyn Gelfand

We are living in uncertain times now. We are constantly warned about every possible thing that might happen from a terrorist attack, to a heart attack, to a terrible storm, etc. We are almost constantly in fear about things that are occurring outside of our personal lives. We are also warned about the state and local budget having serious impacts on our lives too. So, we know that more terrible news is yet to come. We must have a way to live with so much happening that is outside of our control.

It must be realized that forms of security that we trusted before may or may not work. Feelings of job security, police protection, disease control are all being questioned. All we really have these days in terms of security are ourselves and personal supports and our faith. As in the past, life changes in ways that we may not want. We have no choice but to figure out what is acceptable to me. What do I need to function and what I choose to do with myself are important questions. We can always control our own energy regardless of circumstances. We can always have the faith to believe that my instincts will guide me along with the faith I hold.

It is also true that unexpected things may be rewards or pleasures. We must remain in balance to be open to fun, laughter, humor over some circumstances and certainly unexpected gifts. There is a balance in life. We are meant to experience life on this planet in a variety of ways. We can be open to be happy and bearers of the calm, peaceful joy that can belong a person of faith in the spirit no matter what the events of the day. Separating ourselves from the events of the day means we can replenish our spirit and be ready for the next adventure. We are open to face what the reality brings to us. Simple pleasures such as a walk on the beach or listening to all the birds as they migrate now are available all the time if we can focus on them.

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