2008-09-05 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

Activity and movement are highly valued in our society. This past weekend, I was with friends who were forced to sit and relax on the beach because their bodies protested all the excess exercise they do to be healthy. We are driving cars and talking on the cell phone at the same time. Who does only one thing at time let alone sit and do nothing to speak of? Patience is really so important and it is undervalued.

Most people these days believe in quick results. Kids want to see photo pictures instantly, check their e-mail wherever they are 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 what will happen 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.

Answers to issues often pop up out of the unknown. When you relax, a solution may just occur to you. Something that you wouldn't have thought of may just rise into your mind.

Times of peace and restoration are important for our spirits as well as our bodies.

Slow and steady will prevent backtracking of 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 you 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 order of things.

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