2004-01-02 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

by Marilyn Gelfand
The Inner Voice by Marilyn Gelfand

When this paper is out on Friday, it will already be 2004. Now it is Monday, as I write this column, and I am thinking of how important hindsight is. By Friday, we will know if everything was good for this week, if anything unexpected happened in our own or our country’s plans, and we will be sitting back looking at 2003, or seeing if we have any new resolutions for the future. When the millennium took place, we all looked back in hindsight and said everything was okay or perhaps all the computer planning prevented any mishaps. In hindsight we can judge if we thought our past actions were good or not, or if we need to change our ways. In hindsight we have clarity for our own evaluation. How did we see the future, trust in our instincts, make our plans, etc. are much clearer looking backwards.

So, how do we live everyday not being able to see what’s ahead? If we feel like we are in a fog, driving down a road, a pilot who must land a whole plane full of people, how do we make our choices? Sometimes we sense that we may be at a bend in the road, but can’t see around it. This is how our spirituality comes into play. When calculations are not what is required of us, but rather inner qualities like patience or knowing that we must take action immediately, it is not so cut and dry. The more we can trust in the divine order combined with our ability to tap into the bigger picture of our personal life, the easier it is to give up the fear of making the wrong decision. With greater trust in our instincts, and the ability to use hindsight to see if they did work, comes the ease of being able to live. I can choose to act, and then let go knowing I am on target, even if I can’t see the end result. I do my best, and then relax or move on to something else. Many of us then pray for our connection to the divine.

My ability to use hindsight to see what has worked for me in the past, does make it easier for me to trust in myself and my interpretations of events. I can figure out how I want to approach 2004. Happy New Year.

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