2010-03-05 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

As I am getting older, what I realize is how extraordinary our everyday life is.

It is so full of experiences that I choose and don’t choose.

I know that life is finite for a fact and so I am able to put into it what makes me happy as much as is possible knowing that it is all impermanent.

What makes us happy? Is it determined by our society, ourselves, our important people, our enemies?

Life is too short to believe that everything is written in stone and that changes are no good.

We have to be flexible to live a full life and be open to ourselves as much as the outside world.

We may have limited choices at times in our life, but we can choose how we view the experiences.

We can think that our lives are horrific in bad times and become paralyzed in fear or we can choose to think that this is terrible, but it will be over someday.

The actual structure to life lets us know that there are forces that control how life and death works.

We all are babies first and then eventually grow old.

The weather and the seasons are out of our control, and I can see new little buds getting ready to pop up really soon. The fact that there is order in how the animals give birth and the trees grow from seeds shows us that there is a plan for us to participate in.

We can truly feel amazed when we realize that air is provided and food and clothes are available to sustain us.

With our awareness we can really make wise choices that will bring us closer to our desired notions of what life should be like, and also we can have the comfort that we are part of a big picture of our world.

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