2009-04-03 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

We live in uncertain times where the future is not so easily planned for or predicted. We are watching the government try to handle an out-of-control economic situation which is causing a lot of grief to us as individuals, we watch gas prices go up and down, and in Fargo, North Dakota they feel they are doing their best to handle a flooding river and breaking dikes. We can't even control the keepers of our safety.

Courts and judges, political personalities, CEOs of corporations, and assorted others, like police, all have different reasons for making the decisions that they do. Life and the future have been swept into the world that surrounds us.

People have worried about their health and traffic accidents and would take whatever necessary precautions would be needed to keep both the risks and worry down to a minimum. We always realized that the future was out of our control when floods would hit, a war would begin, or a large fire would occur. Economic changes always come into play, and now we have things on American soil to add to the things that make life so out of control ... terrorism and a total economic downturn. We can't control the future at all. We've always known that, but lived as if we could. We have all our own personal issues and problems on top of it all.

The key to the future is to remember that it is just a series of todays. If we can handle each day, then the future takes care of itself. Each day we make decisions that impact on our next decisions.

As long as we keep our energy open, we get senses of where to go or what timing is right. We never know when something unpredictable may occur that will impact on our decisions, so we just go day by day. As much as possible, it is important to be in a state of awareness of our thoughts and emotions and to not get carried away by the illusions they create. We need to acknowledge what we feel, and then keep our energy focused. We may need to keep breathing deeply to keep our energy calm or visualize ourselves in a pleasant situation. We can create good thoughts for a happier future. We may get some pleasant unexpected surprises too.

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