2012-08-31 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

Summer is drawing to a close now, school begins and we start to think in terms of a new season to take stock of where we are. First, of course, is how we are doing with those for whom we are responsible. Are we happy with what we are doing for others or should we modify a pattern and try something new? You may be caring for an elderly relative who needs to, perhaps, get some help going for doctor visits.

When you look at your own life, do you also want to make some changes? You have to follow your own inner voice to choose to do what makes you happy when you can control your time. Are you living a healthy life or a stress free life? Are you able to think good thoughts without letting the fears and anxieties take control? Can you remain in the present moment and allow the future to develop?

Every day it is good to feel gratitude for something in your life. Can you feel joy over that or something else? Joy is not necessarily dependent on anything physical, but rather is an emotional expression that we can choose to fill up our spirits with.

We also have the ability to eliminate what we no longer want, from things to thoughts, that take us away from where we want to be. We discard the old to make room for what is more suitable. We can stop ourselves if we retreat into worry and become paralyzed in it. We replace these with something happy. If you are worrying about your child coming from school, start to see him happily coming back to the door.

You can also evaluate how you enjoyed the summer. Did you enjoy it or is there something that you want to write down for the next summer as a reminder? Time moves fast, and we don’t want to spend all our time concerned about what we cannot control and then suffer for it. Check things out now, and then when the season comes you’ll be ready with fresh ideas.

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