2010-11-26 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

As holiday time is upon us, it is important to remember to have fun your way. Time goes by fast. Do the holidays the way you would like to do them. After an initial reaction, others will get used to your idea if it is important to you. Inside you will feel so good that you gave yourself this pleasure. You can always say, “Next year we’ll go back to the old way.” If you are doing your holidays traditionally, enjoy all that you are doing.

There are so many different ways of looking at and remembering these holidays. Have a thick skin and don’t get offended if a family member or friend says something you feel is not right. Different points of view are the variety of life. Enjoy these moments too as a chance for us all to be comfortable being ourselves. You may feel like you are able to express what you feel if you allow others the same chance. If there are some people you must be with who are not pleasant, do your best to remind yourself ahead of time to not allow yourself to get bent out of shape by these people. Get ready for them to say things you will not like, and then just ignore it and refocus on what you enjoy.

Also if you are a visitor to someone else’s home, let the host set the tone. It may be different than what you may have expected (perhaps more religious or more festive) and remember that you can do it your way at home. Remember what a holiday may mean to you, and think about what you would like.

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