2004-06-04 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

by Marilyn Gelfand

Spring has arrived. All the flowers are blooming, and despite the harsh winter we had, most of the plants in my garden survived. I try to enjoy each present moment of flowers in bloom. When the lilacs burst on the scene, I had a bad cold, and I feel I missed them. If we don’t capture the moment when good things are presented, they will come to an end and that moment has passed. So now, I’m making sure I enjoy all the azaleas and rhododendrons as they open, and I am planting and weeding. If we miss something given to us because we’ve been too busy or pre-occupied, maybe we have to stop and realize if I miss this moment, it won’t return. The beach which was so much like a resort on Sunday became a windy swirling sand blown place on Monday.

Time and the experiences we have can be treasures depending on the way we receive them.

We can realize that every opportunity, even situations we dislike, can offer us something of value to learn about ourselves. I feel time is the most precious commodity in my life. Unlike money, each moment is over and cannot be recaptured. We can have new present moments and each can be lived with awareness. Am I doing what I like, am I acting the way I want to, how am I filling my time..is it based on my desires or others...are questions that we can ask ourselves. Everyone has different priorities and activities that are considered fun. It is so important to nourish our own soul.

When we raise children or take care of elderly parents, we can realize that our own needs are given a back seat.

As much as possible, evaluate the present moments to insure that you yourself are figured into the day.

I realize that when I think about what I’d like to do for a day, my granddaughter can enjoy things too.

I don’t have to restrict myself to only kiddy places.

At 5, she can find things to interest her any place we go. She absorbs all of life with interest. We can both be happy doing what I like to do too, giving her time to play and comprehend where we are.

There’s an old saying that the current moment is called the "present" because it is a gift. Life becomes richer when we live with that in mind.

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