2003-12-19 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

by Marilyn Gelfand
The Inner Voice by Marilyn Gelfand

It’s time for fun and enjoyment now during this holiday season. So many people are coughing and sneezing and plans are shifting around with snow falls. People are planning, and changing, and are forced to go with the flow. The world news is good, is crazy with politics for an election year and focus keeps shifting. We have to keep our focus on what is important to us, and then go as life carries us.

While we remain focused, it is important to keep remembering that with perseverance we will get to where we need to. Sometimes just being able to take a small step seems impossible. We start out, face setback after setback, and then may want to give up. As long as our desire remains in our mind, when an opportunity pops up, we can respond to it.

Humor and the ability to put ourselves into our own life’s perspective is also a big help to remain on target while things shift and change. Life always has ups and downs, and when we laugh, we acknowledge this, and can keep ourselves in a persevering mode. We can’t get too upset when things don’t go in a straight line. Even crooked lines with detours lead to an end result.

Sometimes when we are stopped in our tracks, by sickness or bad weather, for example, some other thought may pop in. My focus may have always been on the events of the day. When there is a halt, a totally new perspective or a new vision of what needs to be done or what I’d like to do may shift my focus. It might not have happened if I didn’t have this time. For example, when it snowed on Sunday, I could not make a social engagement that I had planned to attend. While sitting in my kitchen, I realized how annoying it is that I can’t have the toaster and microwave on at the same time. So, I moved my toaster and coffeepot to new locations in my kitchen. It is wonderful now. I can have both going, and I had lived with this limitation for years. I know this would not have happened if I were busy with my events of the day. It is such a simple example, but when we are in a different thought sequence, we may do necessary changes. Someone I know had time to read a contract that she had been avoiding for a while. It brought necessary information to light.

So, let’s enjoy, make plans and go with the way life takes us.

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