2013-09-06 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

By Marilyn Gelfand

These days we get so much information in so many ways from so many sources. Have you ever felt overloaded or confused when you have to decide what to do and there are conflicting experts or people who have had different experiences? At the very least you can get a few opinions and hope to make an educated decision. I know, for example, that I love my old trees and I have been checking out what will happen to one trunk seeming to be alive while the other looks dead. I am checking into trees but with the idea of letting them live if possible.

It is important to remember when you are looking for solutions that different people have had different experiences even doing the same thing. I know two people who went on a nutrition plan called The Plan. One lost 20 pounds and was so happy with it. Her friend ended up with an impacted colon because of all the granola and had to take major steps to readjust her body to normalcy. If you ask both of these women their opinion of this plan, they will both tell you the truth, but their experiences have been so different.

So it is best to check into all the information that is available, and then trust your own instincts. If your body is unhappy, for example, you know this diet may not be working for you. The idea that there is one way for everyone just doesn’t make sense. Each of us is different, and often an experience will teach us what works and what doesn’t.

The most important thing is to never compare yourself to another person doing what you are doing. Each person reacts and handles things differently. It is most important to know yourself and relax into what you know is right for yourself no matter what works for anyone else. Have patience and strength to trust yourself into reaching your own established goals or making an important decision.

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