2004-10-08 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

by Marilyn Gelfand

There are some life events that occur that remind us of how precious every peaceful day can be. If we have the death of a loved one, be it timely or untimely, or a special birthday which marks our own maturity, we are reminded that times continue through all adversities day after day. 

The last time I felt that “just” another day was here was when I was driving to my job on 9/11. I never felt that way again. Who wouldn’t have wanted that day or any “atrocious” day to just be another ordinary moment. 

As we live through all the ups and downs as time continues, people are affected in different ways. Some people become fearful and want to be as safe as possible. Others may want to be more fearless and do wild things.  In any case, time will continue, and we will have to figure out how to spend our time on Earth.

I now have no more responsibility to others on a personal level in my family so I can say that fun is my path as much as I can control it.  I can get up each day and think that the sun is shining beautifully and I am the luckiest person in the world. I can not expect others to be the source of my happiness, but rather I can enjoy people as they are, and create my own happiness. Others do not affect how I feel about myself, but instead I can try to be a source of kindness and strength for others. This in turn makes me feel good too. Today, I can say that I have decided to be my own best friend... choose those people whose company makes me happy when possible, do the activities that I find fulfilling and give myself space to be human. I do make mistakes and don’t expect to be perfect so I am not defensive, but rather open and tolerant.  Every day can be a special one in its own way.

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