2003-04-26 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

by Marilyn Gelfand
The Inner Voice by Marilyn Gelfand

I just took a walk on the beach and saw lots of clam shells just covered in flies piled up against the jetties all over Gateway. They are part of an ever-changing process of building up and tearing down that exists in nature. This season we’ve had so many changes in our weather patterns, in the amount of snow and rainfall and yet nature always knows what to do. There are certain basic patterns in life, and the plants and animals have no problem knowing what their priorities are. The natural plant and animal species will survive because the participants are part of the balance and cycles of life—unless man interferes with the process. All the little baby clamshells that I watched last summer zip themselves into the sand when the water went back out to sea must have had a really bad winter. As in nature and people, diseases may come and go, but there is always a disease to deal with. I’ve already seen the carpenter ants around my wooden outdoor shower, and they survived the weather and last year’s attempts to remove them. It seems that animals just live. No matter what circumstances they find themselves in, they just keep on going as best as they can. In my backyard, the azaleas seem to have had a very hard winter. Yet there is green coming out of most of the plants. I fertilized, and I hope for the best, but accept the coming and goings of plants in nature. They have many battles in weather and other living creatures they must deal with. I used to feel terrible when some plants died, but now I know that everything has a life to just live. Life can be so simple. Do not allow anyone to cross your own personal boundaries. Everyday, people have the free will to share and to give and to be loving, whether there is a crisis or not. Often people come together for a disaster, but once the disaster is over, life resumes as before. Power and greed seem to be the most prevalent values in our world with so much fear in the minds of people. We fear almost everything from the invisible to the unknown.


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