2009-12-04 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

There is a famous expression, "Man plans and God laughs." As we get older, one thing becomes obvious. Life is so out of our control, and the unexpected happens when we least expect it. It doesn't make any sense to waste even a minute of what is within our own control.

Life is meant to be lived as a joyful connection around all the rest of our lives with things outside of our power. 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 can feel connection from within and create a feeling of well-being not based on anything other than the connection. It is not about doing.

It is opening our connection and experiencing a feeling of energy. 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 so as to ensure the quality of life we would like. Often people will postpone vacations, 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. The unexpected can also bring rewards.

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