2012-02-17 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

People seem to complain about something all the time. Complaining is fun for some individuals, and often makes certain people feel superior to be critical of others. When the weather is terrible, you will hear complaints. When the weather is good, people complain that something must be wrong. Where is enjoyment, appreciation and gratitude when things go right?

You have a choice of with whom to spend your time. If you want to feel depressed or superior you may choose to be with people who are negative or insecure. Everything will always be wrong, someone is always a victim and life is never easy. You could also choose to be with happy people. Some see the silver lining wherever they are. They focus on the present moment and don’t get lost in past or future requirements. Obviously, there are many differences in people and nothing is black or white. But, you can feel the energy coming out of another person. You can hear what the topics of conversation inevitably turn to. Find a comfort level for yourself. Personally, I enjoy laughing and not taking all the small things too badly to heart. I also appreciate many smaller successes and can celebrate them.

Gratitude is so important to help us gain perspective. We can choose to focus on what is working rather than on what is not. We can fill our spirits up with joy and love or resentment and disappointment because we didn’t get everything we wanted. It is a choice on which way we want to experience life. It has nothing to do with what actions we take. We can work hard and be miserable or work hard and be grateful.

One thing we know for sure is that our lives will have an ending. How we will go on from today until our final day is unknown, and it will have many things that are out of our own control. But, how we cope with life and how we feel about the experience is withn our control. We can make wise choices for ourselves.

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