2013-09-27 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

As many of us are still waiting to understand what the Build It Back program is for Hurricane Sandy and still have so much more work to do to make things comfortable, we acknowledge that a whole year has passed and we are feeling much more normal with our supermarkets and train and bank restored. I don’t know which of my trees and bushes are still alive and will make it through the winter, and at the same time I am also happy at how much has been fixed in my home. It is like one foot is still in the hurricane mode and the other is in things are getting back to normal. Transitional periods where we can’t see the future can be very frustrating.

Being in transition means we don’t always see where our efforts will actually lead. What things will succeed and which approaches will fall by the wayside will have to unfold. If a job is lost or a health condition develops, it is impossible while we are struggling to know if we will make it through. Once we get started, we put in the effort and energy to keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep on going and hoping for the best. Yesterday looking at the beach block of Beach 116th St., I realized how much work needs to be done to make the block look pretty. It can get depressing thinking that there is no concrete plan for a new boardwalk or fixing up closed stores, etc... In transition, we do not want to lose hope or steam to keep on going even if we can’t see where the end result is.

Our lives in some ways are always involving change or movement, but we usually can predict the outcome or possibilities. It is when the future is unknown, that things become harder to keep up with. Will the transition period bring us safely across to the new way of life or creation or will we have to retreat back to where we currently are? So why even try? It can be too tough to move ahead unless there is something concrete.

In transition periods, it is good to be flexible, to try out different approaches and do a couple of different things and see which one brings the results that you want. We also have to be open because something may come from left field that we weren’t even expecting and we must be ready to take it in. If we have faith that time will bring us good things and we are strong enough to deal with the rest, we can be a bit more relaxed. The bright fall sunshine is so comforting these days and it is available to everyone. We must enjoy what we are given and our accomplishments that we have worked so hard for in our own worlds. We must feel that we have come this far, and it is good for now, and enjoy this moment.

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