2010-09-17 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

In life, it is important to remember that we must deal with the present moment. Often we drift into thoughts or desires about the future or keep harboring old resentments, but we often have to ground ourselves in where we presently are. Each moment leads into the next.

There will be many unexpected things that will occur. If we can keep focused and remember to be dealing with our current life events, much will just unfold.

Life can be counted in days, years, minutes or whichever way our perception chooses to evaluate the passing of each moment.

What is our path of life really?

It is made up of a series of present moments each following the one before, and it becomes an unfolding process. Our individual days are part of our larger life picture, but so often we lose ourselves and forget about where we are. Sometimes people will say I don’t even remember what I just ate or what I did. The motions were on automatic pilot. When we are in trouble, it is good to remember that “this too shall pass.” When life is good, it is important to enjoy it because we can savor each and every good experience.

So much is unknowable until time has passed with all its present moments.

As time goes by, we realize that we control very little.

The unexpected is bound to happen and combined with our expectations and hopes, it can be frustrating.

The important point is that this very moment is brief, as they all are, and I have to make it as best as I can each time.

In the end, life is just a series of present moments defined by ourselves.

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