2007-12-14 / Community

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

The cold weather has arrived, and also the enjoyment of winter holidays. The weather has been changeable and last week, with snow upstate, some family members had to give up plans, while others prepared and lots of tensions arose because of sickness and weather... two factors that are out of our control.

It's time for fun and enjoyment now during this holiday season, but so many people are coughing and sneezing and plans are shifting around with snow falls.

People are planning, and changing, and are forced to go with the flow.

The world news is good or bad, is crazy with politics for an election year and focus keeps shifting from the personal, to the experts who advise us on how to live.

We have to keep our own focus on what is most important to us, and then live as life carries us.

While we remain focused, it is important to keep remembering that with perseverance, we will get to where we need to. Sometimes just being able to take a small step seems impossible.

\We start out, face setback after setback, and then may want to give up.

As long as our desire remains in our mind, when an opportunity pops up, we can respond to it.

Since our family couldn't get together, I decided to book a hotel for all of us for a weekend in December. I hope the weather and health will cooperate at that time.

Humor and the ability to put ourselves into our own life's perspective is also a big help to remain on target while things shift and change. Life always has ups and downs, and when we laugh, we acknowledge this, and can keep ourselves in a persevering mode. We can't get too upset when things don't go in a straight line.

Even crooked lines with detours lead to an end result.

Sometimes when we are stopped in our tracks, by sickness or bad weather, for example, some other thought may pop in. My focus may have always been on the events of the day.

When there is a halt, a totally new perspective or a new vision of what needs to be done or what I'd like to do may shift my focus. It might not have happened if I didn't have this time. For example, I had time to be with a part of my family on one day and another part on another day. I realized how much fun it was doing things as a small group instead of a large family unit. I want to be sure that in the future, I plan enough small gatherings. I experienced this because of the factors that were out of my control, and they brought me a new way of experiencing my loved ones.

So, let's enjoy, make plans and go with the way life takes us.

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