2009-09-18 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

As we get older, one thing becomes obvious. Life is so out of our control, and the unexpected happens. It doesn't make any sense to waste even a minute of what is in our own power. Life is meant to be lived as a joyful connection around all the rest of our lives outside of our control. We must deal with the unexpected, but we also have the ability to shift perspectives and feel part of the divine order of things.

We shouldn't dwell on our own perspectives of unreal dangers, or worry about the future if there is nothing we can do. We have to trust our own instincts, and then say after five minutes of worry, "I will now think of pleasant things or do something for myself." It is important to take stock of how we live and what we think to ensure the quality of life is there. Often people will postpone things, and then life changes and there is no chance to make it happen.

Complaining is also another way to spend time when life doesn't go the way I want it to. When it rains, find something to do indoors, and when it is sunny, enjoy the outdoors. Be flexible enough to go with the circumstances of life as they are given. With openness, life can be very interesting.

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