2012-09-28 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

As it gets closer to election time, it is easy to see how we are subjected to the opinions of others.

We are constantly bombarded with opinions on the TV, radio, computer, newspapers, our families and friends, and it is often hard to realize where an initial idea even came from.

In our world which is very volatile, it is important to take deep breaths, and remember what is really important to me. What do I want out of my life? How do I choose to spend the years that are now part of my planning for the future.

We always hear about letting go of the things we cannot control. We create our own suffering by creating unrealistic expectations.

It is better to go forward with an open mind, and step back. On the other hand, there is a lot we do control.

Remember to take control of all that you can. Chart your life’s course in a way that will bring yourself happiness, and then let go of the results and expectations. That will be the excitement of living life. But, what you want to do or who you want to be with?

This is often a choice that is much more in your own control than you might realize. How do you want your environment to look? What do you care about in the everyday? What do you want to eat?

These small choices can give a wonderful quality of life.

As you live each present moment, make it yours. Let others have loud and strong voices or opinions, but don’t allow anyone else to overshadow your own desires over those things that you can control.

Life is always about balance. We want to live in balance with ourselves, not just those outside of us who may want us to need their approval.

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