2008-05-30 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

As the beach season opens for us, and holidays like Memorial Day take place and July 4th approaches, it is good to think of how we would like our holidays to be.

Some of us have just displayed our traditional ways to show our patriotism and honor the lives of our military force.

Others have a different feeling about the value of our government and military.

All would say they are being concerned about the well-being of our nation.

Remember to keep everything in perspective, to make the holiday what you would like it to be, and overall to fill yourself with love and appreciation that we have the health and freedom to do what we want.

If you are limited in what you can do, then ask for help from another or change all the ground rules to make it good for you.

This is a part of life where we can have some control over our choices. I have lived on the same block for more than 30 years, and it has been a while since we all went to the beach listening to the music that a beachfront neighbor played loudly while fireworks were displayed... years ago, put on by Playland and later by individuals.

In this time of experts and advisors, once in a while, it is good to take stock of what we really want in the big and small events and how our relationships will be impacted by holidays in our lives.

Holidays are good times of awareness to know if we are really spiritually involved in what we are doing in the present moment or are just performing in a robotic manner to get things done because it is expected that a holiday be a certain way.

Let your own spirit lead you into making each moment in life what you would hope for.

Our hopes are our preferences for what we would like and how we would like things to go.

We must accept that reality often brings other surprises or things happen that we couldn't predict, and remember to not create our own suffering because things didn't go as we thought they would.

With our hopes and our ability to accept reality as it unfolds, humor can help us through the unexpected, and love is always there to help us arrive at the next moment.

In this way, we can live grounded in reality, trying to create what we believe will give us happiness and then have the ability to enjoy life through the ups and downs.

So, if company is coming to you in this new season, bring a beautiful energy into your home, imagine all your guests arriving bathed in a beautiful light of peace, and then let go and enjoy.

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