2004-12-31 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

by Marilyn Gelfand

Happy New Year!  It is already close to 2005, and I can just remember all the fear over the millennium.  Looking at the state of the computers at the airlines and all the people who were stuck at airports last week, we can see that everything is still as dependent on computers as before.  Do people learn from the past? 

The idea of remembering our past is to learn from it. Once we’ve done that, we are free to keep our happy or important memories, but then the past really has no more use to us.  The past is to learn from.  It is said that many people repeat the same experience over and over, and they still don’t get it.  Often we will repeat our pasts if we thought it worked for us and continue living life in the same manner.  If we look to learn from the hard moments it may require change in ourselves.  Everyday can be exciting if we have learned something new about life or ourselves.

If it is making resolution time for you, ask yourself if you have made the same resolution before.  If it is, why didn’t it work?  Learn about your reasons or emotions that did not allow the resolution to go forward.  Since life is short, pick something that is meaningful to you and makes sense from your own perspective.  It won’t work if you just want to please someone.  Last week a total stranger was kind to me and helped me out of a pinch.  I  made a mental vow to be kinder to people who I think are really in trouble.  The experience of being on the other side of kindness was so strong, that it reinforced my own values, and now I have to remember how I want to live. My wish for 2005 is that we learn from all of our life experiences.

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