2007-05-18 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

Theories and experts fill our minds with thoughts and opinions, and they influence how we make our decisions. How can we know what is real and what is the fad of the moment? These days we are exposed to so many different issues at the same time. What is of importance?

To start with, we should allow our common sense to be our guide.

Whether something is important or not should be based on what we ourselves conclude. Just because someone in Hollywood says we should do something, doesn't mean that the person is actually an expert or just voicing his opinion, for example. What we ourselves believe is our starting point. Then, are my experts really the ones that I feel know what they are talking about. I can tell the difference between a fact, and an opinion or a manipulative spin if I actually look closely. I cannot assume that any news media is just an impartial reporter of facts, but I can be aware of where my expert source is coming from.

There are also universal truths that we can count on. Life is temporary and takes us through various seasons of growth. Those things that we know are immutable in nature can give us some structure although life is always changing in smaller ways. Often people forget the basics and make their own perceptions into realities.

Some people put death on a back burner or expect the weather to behave a certain way. People are not the creators of the universe, but sometimes forget that man is only an inhabitant, not the originator.

Also we remember to keep our energy centered and in balance as much as possible. This way we can trust our instincts with which way to go in the decision-making process. If a thought pops in, I know if it is one I wish to hold on to or to let it go.

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