2005-02-11 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

by Marilyn Gelfand

So much of our lives is complicated enough that we must plan for the future. We even have professional planners for weddings, vacations, exhibits, etc. Planning ahead is extremely important in our society. While some people wait till the last minute to make a decision, they often check out all their options ahead of time. In the midst of our planning, life happens.  Sometimes our plans become out of our own control or new twists happen which alter our original thoughts.

Is it perseverance to stick to the original plan or is it just stubbornness when new factors intervene?  It can cause confusion if personality traits are included in the decision itself.  Each and every decision is unique, and the factors that may go into the decision may not all be known. That’s why intuition is so important to trust. For example, you may get a persistent sense that now is not the right time to buy a house. Logically there is no reason not to if the prices are right and you know where you want to look.  But there is also a big picture to your house buying. There may be a perfect one coming on the market in two months that your logic cannot take into account yet. It is not laziness or fear that is making you not look now.  It is true intuition that is saying just wait a little bit longer. Our own inner senses often tap into this larger big picture of life. 

So, if you make a plan enjoy the process and then be open enough to either stick to it or let it go or change according to what is happening in the present. 

It may seem confusing, but if the recognition is there that circumstances are constantly changing, it is truly a wise way to keep in touch with events. 

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