2008-05-02 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

Patience is really so important and it is undervalued. Most people these days believe in speedy results. I have one friend who says it takes me too long to give an answer to questions she asks me, but I say I am really thinking about the best answer I can give. Kids want to see photo pictures instantly and think on some level that life is like a video game... instant gratification.

Some of us lose sleep when we can't see what will happen in the future. We need to know now or else we are crazed. Time does heal wounds and does provide solutions that we wouldn't have thought of earlier. We have to let life take its course. Even in making arrangements with others, people have to get back to you, check on their kids, etc. If you are on hold, decide if you want to wait or just change the plan if it is important to you.

Slow and steady will prevent backtracking on your decisions. If you have the patience to let things unfold, evaluate and then act, it is better than being more dramatic and impulsive. You will feel that all your actions are correct, regardless of what anyone else says or does.

As we put in more control over ourselves, it does give peace of mind when we don't have to undo a thoughtless remark or get caught in the insecurities of another without thinking about it. Wholeness comes when we maintain our own space and go at our own pace in time with the divine.

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