2007-02-09 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

So much of the time we believe that we can control our own future. When death strikes, the idea of control sometimes is ridiculous. We can plan, and do our best, but that's about it.

Our lives can become topsy-turvy when the unexpected happens. We may lose our jobs, our loved ones, our own bodily functions. If we can remember that we are really living for only a finite period, we could check out how we feel. Would there be changes that we would make to enhance our own personal lives today? We must remember that the present moment is very precious, and what is considered annoying can become even the good stuff of the future.

We can always step back from ourselves and examine our life events and decide where changes can be made. We can be grateful where we see all the love and appreciation.

We can separate from our emotions and see what the reality is more clearly, even if we are not getting what we want. Our perspective can be a broad, big picture where we can look at the present in the scope of a whole lifetime. If it is something to be lived through, we can assure ourselves that we can do it slowly but surely. If things are good, we can say we feel happy and appreciative of all the good that surrounds us.

So, we live doing what must be done for today and tomorrow, and then let go so that we can accept what comes. We don't need to spend time on all the speculation of how the future will unfold. We can rest assured that no matter how much or how hard we think of the future, there will be twists and turns that we just couldn't anticipate. After necessary future steps are set in motion, there is no need to think of the future with worry because we cannot control it. Just believe that the future will unfold as it must according to a divine inner knowing, and the future will take care of itself each step of the way as one present moment unfolds into the next.

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