2005-11-04 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

by Marilyn Gelfand

So much of our lives is in harmony with the natural cycles of life. We always think of life as linear going from a birth to death in a line with the journey in between. But from the big picture, each one of our lives is actually a part of a larger whole. Although as individuals we are linear, as a group we are part of people coming and going everyday.

Whether it is a population of a group like a nation or even a corporation, we see that the existence of the whole does not depend on any one individual as each of the little parts come and go. I work at a hospital for example, and recently many people, from the director down through the range of all job descriptions, have gone in great number, but it has caused nothing more than a possible inconvenience. The whole has an existence of its own, and we fit into it for the time we are a part of it.

We know that babies come before teenagers and that the seasons are fairly predictable. We know that night follows day and that animals will mate and nest about the same time every year. These are the true securities we are given. The patterns of nature point out the way to help us feel secure as part of the whole of our existence. Animals may find security in being part of the herd, and we may find it in recognizing the natural cycles of which we are a part.

People look for security in so many different ways. It could be in the amount of money I have, a relationship or family, my looks or my brains,

my country or town or job, etc. But really all of this can change or be washed away at any time. Then we feel helpless and left without any resources to deal with life. If we can see that we are part of a whole and a necessary individual to keep the whole going, then security can fill us with the knowledge that I am where I am supposed to be and when my time comes for the next phase of my existence, it will happen because it is meant to.

The cycles of life are there as patterns that we can hold onto.

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