Silence the noise of others; listen to your own voice.
Did you hear that? Should I repeat it? Don’t give more credence to the thoughts and rhetoric of other people than you give to your own. “To thine own self be true.” Polonius speaking to his son Laertes in Hamlet has been interpreted by many to mean many things. But, let’s just keep it simple. You and I have each an internal dialog that speaks from a place of experience, of guidance, of direction, of inspiration which often is amazingly ‘other-directed’ arising from the wisdom of the cosmos dwelling in our inner sanctum. Call it soul, call it God, call it Spirit, call it a higher power. It is ours and it is unique to each one of us according to the gifts blessing our lives.
So, why would anyone not listen to his or her inner voice? Have you ever said any of the following? “That man is better educated than I am, therefore he is more intelligent. She is a psychiatrist, therefore she has deeper insight. He is a preacher with a Doctor of Divinity behind his name, therefore he is more spiritual. He’s my father, he knows better. She’s my mother, she wouldn’t misguide me. They are high school counselors, they know what is my best course of education.”
Just stop! Stop it! They all may be wonderful people, but only you know what speaks from your heart. Some of them are not wonderful people, they are playing the control game for selfish reasons. Don’t allow others to call your shots. This is your life and it’s your choice what you will do with that life. Choice is life’s golden ticket. Don’t give that ticket to someone else.
When you wake up in the morning, after you have said ‘thank-you’ for this day and this opportunity to breathe air into your lungs and pump blood through your body, after you have stretched your legs and arms, after you have smiled at your spouse or cat or dog lying beside you, get up and rejoice. Rejoice over the opportunities ahead of you to be fully involved in an active and productive day plan with household projects or with your job. Or rejoice exceedingly as you anticipate with zeal the coming day of rest and relaxation. Maybe it will be a day at the beach, or a hike in the woods, or a shopping trip with the grandkids, or a special lunch with a dear friend. Embrace it! Cherish it! You are a miraculous treasure brimming with options.
I can hear some of you saying, “Oh, zip it , Larry. Life sucks.”
Maybe it does. Loss of loved ones, physical ailments, poverty, social injustice, hatred, intolerance, prejudice, divorce, injuries remind us every day that this is not a Pollyanna world. Stuff happens. But, all that turmoil is processed by the same mind which also says that you are special and you are worthy of goodness and mercy. You can walk the path of life with an overflowing cup. You can rest in green pastures by still waters. Or you can wallow in the mire with creepy, crawly things. Again, it’s your choice which scenario you decide to internalize. Don’t sell out to negative circumstances which are predominantly beyond your control while diminishing the spectacular essence within. Listen to this internal voice which you have proven as truth through experience and reasoning that tells you, “Wow, I am going to have a great day.”
It’s not easy staying out of the pits. Visit a grumpy neighbor, watch the national headlines on TV, look at your overdue electric bill. I understand because I have been there, I sometimes visit there even today. Life has to be a daily, if not hourly, surrender to that inner voice telling me that, contrary to my negative thoughts, I can enjoy a perfect day because for this moment at this time I am a perfect version of me. I hope to evolve and enlighten with each tomorrow, but for this moment in life I have everything I need within me to live a day far beyond my greatest expectations. Believe it absolutely with heart, mind, and soul. It will happen. Guaranteed! Today’s another great day.