2010-07-09 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

Looking at the state of the computers at the airports and all the people who were stuck at airports because of the volcano in Europe, or not being able to buy food or take out a library book if the computer “is down,” we can see that everything is still as dependent on computers as before. Remember at the millennium when everyone was afraid that the computers would all crash? Now we hear about hackers who got into credit card systems. Do people learn from the past?

The idea of remembering our past is to learn from it. Once we’ve done that, we are free to keep our happy or important memories, but then the past really has no more use to us. The past is to learn from. It is said that many people repeat the same experience over and over, and they still don’t get it. Often we will repeat our pasts if we thought it worked for us and continue living life in the same manner. If we look to learn from the hard moments it may require change in ourselves.

Every day can be exciting if we have learned something new about life or ourselves.

We may set goals for ourselves, but then forget them. Why didn’t they work? We must learn about our reasons or emotions that did not allow the resolution to go forward. Since life is short, pick something that is meaningful to you and makes sense from your own perspective. It won’t work if you just want to please someone. Last week a total stranger was kind to me and helped me out of a pinch. I made a mental vow to be kinder to people who I think are really in trouble. The experience of being on the other side of kindness was so strong, that it reinforced my own values, and now I have to remember how I want to live.

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