2004-07-02 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

by Marilyn Gelfand

Much of the time, we believe that what is happening to us is unique.  This must be unusual because I feel it so strongly How could this have happened before? Some logic within says, this is crazy, this couldn’t have occurred anywhere else, but most of the time it is not so. I recently read about a terrible tragedy in NY 100 years ago or so in which a boat was destroyed and over 1000 people were killed. I never even heard of it. It will be the same with all the events that are occurring today. Our whole lives are truly a blink of the eye from a larger perspective. 

People like the Beatles, Elizabeth Taylor, for example, are unknown to my grandchild. She has a woman’s picture hanging up on her wall who I do not recognize. Life is so important for the small segment that we live, but in the larger scope of things, it becomes a cycle of birth, living, and then moving out of this plane or leaving the Earth. How we live and the choices we make are combined with other people’s points of view too. What people focus on, what is important shifts from person to person and certainly from culture to culture. We must always remember that what I choose or hope for is my personal script that is similar to the ones others create with their own belief systems. We love being the center of attention in our children’s worlds, and we can feel the shift when they grow up and find other people in their lives more important. It is as it was intended. I watch how my granddaughter loves her mom and dad and as a grandparent, I come next.  Again, I remember this when my children grew up. It doesn’t mean that we don’t feel the change on an emotional level.  We feel it all the time when we recognize that we are now in a different stage of life. Shifts, emotions, refocusing happen all the time. 

So, while we are living, we can take ourselves a little less seriously. Our mistakes can be corrected, our lives are not perfect, and we must laugh at ourselves. We can let go of the need to control others, like our children when they grow up, since it is part of the life cycle anyway. In the scope of eternity, this lifetime is a quick flash. Let’s make the most of it. 

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