2014-03-07 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

By Marilyn Gelfand

Words reflect our thoughts and beliefs. What words do you use to describe yourself? Are they negative or neutral or positive? Are you old? Are you a weakling? Are you smart? Are you strong? Is that what you really believe?

Watch what you are saying as it does reflect what you think. These days we are not old unless we believe it. Many people in their 90s are living independently. If you are 60, and say to yourself that you are old, chances are you will begin to act like an old person.

Do you start your day with a smile or with a frown? That may set the tone for the entire day. It is important to check and see what you are saying and thinking. Do your words accurately reflect what you really believe? You may have to change your words. If you see that you are really feeling down on yourself and life, maybe you want to speak to someone. Do you want to change something that you have been doing on automatic pilot?

It is in our control to bring in nice deep breaths, feel gratitude for something good in our lives, and then think of things that make us happy. Unless our lives have taken a terrible turn that becomes a crisis, we often add too much drama and feel negative about the ordinary. Check it out for yourself, and make adjustments to both your words and thoughts.

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