2011-02-04 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

By Marilyn Gelfand

Wow do we have a lot of snow this year! It is interesting to hear the explanations of why this is happening. I remember being young and some winters were more cold and snowy and others were just milder. We just accepted that this was something that we didn’t control. Weather took us into a spiritual realm although certain scientific principles were brought to bear. It almost sounds silly to hear something like, “God must be angry to throw so much lightening” or “The gods want us to melt in this heat.” The understanding was that there was a higher power who could manipulate the physical environment in which we lived. The scientific principles followed these lines.

Today’s explanations for weather may take on a spiritual overtone for some people, but more often these days we hear how man’s activities have created global warming or climate change and so man is responsible for creating weather events. Organizations can be formed globally to control the weather and punish those who are causing dangerous weather conditions.

So, how much do I, as an individual, actually control? Each one of us finds our own answer of how to be responsible and how to live a happy life. Society and its explanations change over time, but while we ourselves are able to experience so much and think about it all, it is important to come to our own conclusions. At the very least, we can realize that we can control our own energy and keep ourselves in a peaceful state and take life, which is so uncontrollable, as an opportunity to teach us flexibility and creativity and openness. We have to realize that we would prefer our lives or circumstances to be a certain way, but we accept what life is actually presenting to us. We can accept that so much of life is out of our control, and it is okay.

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