2006-12-29 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

Happy New Year.

As time flows through our lives, we realize that we are getting older. Many people make resolutions for the new year and even stick with them. Others couldn’t care less. I heard a commentator on the radio saying how we can watch our food health at our holiday dinners. It made me realize how some people never are spontaneous and live out of fear of future consequences. We think we have more control over our own lives than we actually do. We accept a theory given to us from outside ourselves and then believe it to be true and live by it. I just got an e-mail that gave examples of how life was 100 years ago.

It’s comical to see what they believed compared to what we “know” now. Why are our thoughts so real to us? When we buy into a concept, we think that we can control our own destinies. By doing a specific act, we will have a specific end result.

We know that there are some societies in the world today who think that the Almighty will love us more if we don’t listen to music or enjoy the good things from other cultures. Our world is made up of rulers who preach austerity to others who want freedom for all concepts. Life is always so full of change. Sometimes it amazes me how many people will quote something they have read in a newspaper as the truth. The internet can also promote certain ideas if you read with a blind eye.

The beginning of a new year is a good time to take stock and see what you yourself really believe in. How do you want to live the next section of your own life? How do you want to be towards others?

If I could come up with a wish for us, it would be that we all find enjoyment and fun in the coming year. We will all deal with what life throws our way. When it’s possible, do the things and see the people who bring you happiness. If we can take ourselves less seriously and detach from certain things that we know are inevitable or will pass, we can bring in the joy that we all talk about at this time of year.

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