2009-05-01 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

As I am getting older, what I realize is how extraordinary our everyday life is. We live and really don't pay attention to how automatic so many good things are. I am aging and experiencing the loss of people through sickness and death, and I realize how amazing life really is. I want to appreciate all that I have before it is gone or changed in ways over which I have no control.

As spring is bringing us beautiful flowers, green grass and singing birds and the time to start thinking of vegetable gardens and beautiful days at the beach, it is just wonderful to actually listen to the songs the birds sing. I get into my car and drive to work and ride the elevator and meet with an interesting group of people. We think we are making the world a better place, and try to roll with changes that are presented to us. I am in awe of the machines, the routines, the cooperation that actually makes the system of life work. At home, I love to be able to decorate my surroundings, eat good food and have time with people I enjoy being with. I can get all the information I need on my computer and communicate with whom I like on my cell phone. This is truly amazing when you step back and evaluate what is good in life.

I still live in the real world with its economic and foreign terrorist woes. I am part of a work system of layoffs, so that may happen and change everything. People I know and love are very sick and I do what I can.

I can step outside my usual focus of what is wrong and feeling fearful with worry. I don't have to constantly torment myself about the unknown with all the what-ifs.

When I can, I prefer to focus on all the beautiful parts of life, and to think of the unknown as an adventure. I plan to keep my energy in balance so hopefully my intuitions will guide me through whatever is in store.

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