2008-03-07 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

Now that it is March, I know that spring is almost here. As I hear about forecasts of light snow, I do know that spring is approaching.

That's because I believe in the order that exists in the universe or on the Earth. To me, it's the continuing and repetitive order of life and nature that shows us that there is more to life. That babies are born, grow up and eventually become old; that crocuses and daffodils can be counted on to make a first appearance of nature every spring, show us that there is a regular pattern in the way that nature exists.

There is an occasional spontaneous eruption of fire or storm, for example, but all that does is allow the whole system of nature to go back to its order starting at the beginning in strength with new baby plant shoots.

The order involves the interrelationship of many different life forms.

Each death provides food for some other species. Each birth may involve more than just one organism. When the environment changes, it affects other species. As we take away natural wild places, the predators who had a definite place in the order of life, seem to be closer to disturbing people. It is incredible to imagine that elephants, gorillas, hippos and lions, among many others, all were roaming the land freely as part of life's design. It is so much fun to visit places where the wild still exists. Monkeys still live in trees in Peru or Sri Lanka, for example. But we too have alligators, coyotes, bears, mountain lions, etc. in our country. I look out my window and see and hear the birds beginning to warm up for the spring songs, as usual. The squirrels, raccoons, opossums, cats, birds fill our natural visible environment, and on the beach I am watching the geese now migrating again. I know soon the piping plovers will be looking for mates.

For me, it is a comfort to know that I am a part of the plan. I know I will be growing older through time, and that my succeeding generations will have their chance. Since it is so predictable, I try to make the most of every moment I have. I know that so much can happen outside the pattern, but it's the fact that there is a pattern that allows me to relax and enjoy each present moment.

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