2011-03-18 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

Sometimes we fear change because we don’t know what will happen to us or how we will change and if we will be happy with the changes. Our lives may not be great, but if we feel life is controllable, it gives a feeling of safety.

We must always be prepared to deal with the unexpected. Regardless of how we feel, time moves on and things happen in our lives that we are not thinking about, do not want or feel we are prepared to deal with. Even for those of us who try to maintain a flexible attitude, and say we try to go with the flow, it may be hard to change plans, put things off, or redirect what we are going toward. It’s the nature of life to be part of change that is not in our own control. Can we change our own pace of getting something done? Why do we fear the unknown so much? Can we be open to new avenues to complete a task?

We fear what we cannot control. Predicting the future is a form of trying to control. When plans go awry, we may feel helpless. Ordinarily, we have peace in the knowledge of how it will be if it goes the way we want. If life allows for the plan we created, we can feel safe. Some people feel excited going through the adventure of life’s twists and turns. For most of us, we feel uneasy as we wait to see what will happen.

The more we can trust our own intuition and believe that the instincts we feel will lead us to safety, the more quickly we can respond with action or the easier it will be to have patience. Each day becomes just another day along our own path.

If we can trust in the information we receive through our instincts, we realize we are not alone, and that there is help in figuring out what we need to do.

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