2010-12-10 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

As holiday tensions increase and nerves get frazzled from interacting with others, remember to take a personal break and be kind both to yourself and give others the benefit of the doubt knowing that they too are feeling stressed out.

Many people who feel tired or frustrated with their own issues will yell at the nearest target. Others will blame someone else for not taking their side in a family decision or for not doing what others thought they should. Some may just be edgy and jump at you. It is so easy to become hurt and offended. At this time, it is important to maintain our own center of peace by doing deep breathing and putting a beautiful protective layer of energy around ourselves. We don’t have to become offended just because someone else does or says something. We can keep the peace within and then decide what is the proper course of action.

It is important to know that your own actions are good and what you want. What others say or do comes out of what they perceive. As long as you are satisfied with yourself, then the peace can reside within. Allow others to be themselves without too much judgment, and then figure out what makes sense. You don’t have to be enthralled or crushed because of what someone else does. The idea is to keep your balance through all the ups and downs, and live each day as it comes. Happy Holidays!

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