2006-04-07 / Columnists

The Inner Voice by Marilyn Gelfand

Have you watched yourself lately? I don't really mean looking in the mirror, but have you paid attention to how you react to events in your life?

Do you know what you want or what you are really afraid of?

Do you know if you trust your instincts or that of the divine?

Sometimes it is important to step back from ourselves and pay attention to what we are doing, thinking and feeling.

If you can watch yourself from above or sitting on your own shoulder so to speak, you can decide if you like how you carry on in life.

This can be called living with detachment or not getting caught up with the forces outside of myself. Do you like your decisions and how you arrive at them?

You can really make changes in your life just by paying attention.

A while ago, I realized that there were people in my life who were left over from the past who were not sincere to me. I decided that they made me feel uncomfortable, and realized that they were only making me miserable. They are no longer a part of my friendship circle, and I feel so much happier.

I have also decided to laugh as much as possible. I look for activities and forms of enjoyment that bring me happiness. This is where I can bring control into my life.

How we react to what is out of our control is also a choice. Everyone has a different framework for looking at life, and I can pick the one that makes the most sense to me even if other people continue to see life differently.

Some people love the power games of intimidator/victim, even at the same time, while others are happy being truly independent. Since we cannot control others, we can choose how we relate to the behaviors of those we must come in contact with. The one thing we can truly control is our own energy.

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