2009-10-02 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

We must always be prepared to deal with the unexpected. Regardless of how we feel, time moves on and things happen in our lives that we are not thinking about, do not want or feel we are prepared to deal with. Even for those of us who try to maintain a flexible attitude, and say we try to go with the flow, it may be hard to change plans, put things off, or redirect what we are going towards. It's the nature of life to be part of change that is not in our own control. Can we change our own pace of getting something done? Why do we fear the unknown so much? Can we be open to new avenues to complete a task? We fear what we cannot control. When plans go awry, we may feel helpless. Ordinarily, we have peace in the knowledge of how it will be if it goes the way we want. If life allows for the plan we created, we feel safe. Some people feel excited going through the adventure of life's twists and turns. For most of us, we feel uneasy as we wait to see what will happen. Despite the worry we sometimes feel, we can actually stop worrying and look around and see if we can pick out the way to have patience. So much of our lives involves waiting for the right thing or person. When it comes, we want to be sure that our eyes are open and can focus and recognize what is in our best interest. On the other hand, I may get a sense that the outer world is going in a direction that may need me to be cautious. I have to pay attention to my instincts to know when to act if necessary. In this case, I may feel very uncomfortable and if I am not free of my worry, it may be difficult to act quickly, and possibly that could put me in danger. The more we can trust our own intuition and believe that the instincts we feel will lead us to safety, the quicker we can respond with action or the easier it will be to have patience. Sometimes just getting a day off may give us a chance to catch up and bring in a little order or fun and will allow us to have the feeling that something is in our control.

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