2006-08-25 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

by Marilyn Gelfand

We live in uncertain times where the future is not so easily planned for or predicted. Who would have thought I couldn't put shampoo or contact lens solution in my hand luggage on a plane-in the trivial sense or what place to spend my vacation- in the safety sense. We can't even control the keepers of our safety. Courts and judges, political personalities and assorted others, like police, all have different reasons for making the decisions that they do. Life and the future have been swept into the world that surrounds us.

People have worried about their health and traffic accidents and would take the necessary precautions to keep both the risks and worry down to a minimum. We always realized that the future was out of our control when floods would hit, a war would begin, or a large fire would occur. Economic changes always come into play, and now we have something on American soil to add in the things that make life so out of control, terrorism. We can't control the future at all. We've always known that, but lived as if we could.

The key to the future is to remember that it is just a series of todays. If we can handle each day, then the future takes care of itself.

Each day we make decisions that impact on our next decisions. As long as we keep our energy open, we get senses of where to go or what timing is right.

We never know when something unpredictable may occur that will impact on our decisions, so we just go day by day.

As much as possible, it is important to be in a state of awareness of our thoughts and emotions and not get carried away by the illusions they create.

We need to acknowledge what we feel, and then keep our energy focused. We may get some pleasant unexpected surprises too.

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