2013-02-08 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

Now that it is almost three months that we have been living past Hurricane Sandy and all the subsequent experiences, we can look back and see what we have learned so far. For each one of us, I am sure something important stands out as being special. We all have experienced different situations and our own perspective pulls us in a certain direction.

For me, the experience has brought me into opportunities to be with the best of people and the worst of people. I met so many individuals I never would have had contact with. There were many business people and volunteers who came through my door. What I did learn was to trust my own instincts and to have faith in the divine order of things.

Decisions had to be made. Do we stay or go? How do we get rid of the water and who will do the work? We had no internet and living here we had to go by word of mouth more than anything else. Some of the experiences drove me to despair while others solidly firmed up my inner knowing that there is more to life than what we experience through the five senses. In the end, I now feel I can trust my instincts even more since my experiences brought me to where I needed to be. Coincidences happened that helped so often. Timing is critical in getting things to happen. So, I feel stronger that way.

I am also figuring out how to make my home better than before. We are taking our time, but in the end, it could be very satisfying. I am remembering the long range goal of creating a beautiful fun space even while feeling the frustration of not hearing from workman after workman who promised he would come. I enjoy seeing my new washer and dryer. So, my positive mindset is getting a real chance to work in all kinds of emotional reactions.

I am learning that patience and slow and steady is very important. I no longer get overly upset when someone does not come as planned. I can be flexible and focus elsewhere.

Please share what you have learned. Life is a wonderful chance for us to grow and really have all kinds of experiences. We can make the best of what we are all going through and form a strong chain among ourselves. The people on my block have all been so supportive of each other. We can all face the future together.

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