Golden smile by matthewvenn
Who do you turn to in times of trouble? Do you have a trusted friend, family member or spiritual advisor? If so, what happens when the advice they give you doesn’t ring true for your particular problem? Do you look inside yourself for the answer, knowing that your inner guidance is trustworthy and good?
Each us has a set of beliefs or ideals from which we judge the world around us. We use our values to guide us on the right path, to help us plan goals and objectives that match our highest and best dreams for ourselves.
It’s important to understand the fundamental ideas that shape your life. You don’t need to have a debate, join a protest or argue your views with another. Feel free to do so if that’s what excites you, but don’t feel compelled to share your opinion if you’d rather keep it private. There is a sacred beauty in simply quietly reflecting on your own values and principles, and putting them into practice as best you can in your daily life.
Being aware of your positions and opinions gives you the ability to embrace opportunities to enhance your happiness when the chance arises. Knowing where your thoughts, feelings and theories on life come from helps you shed outdated or limiting life patterns and find a clearer, more precise vision for yourself.
Trusting yourself means that while you may listen to, and even seek out the advice and perspective of others, you will have an inner voice, or a gut instinct that tells you if a particular decision, plan or action will bring happiness or pain. It means taking the time and effort to discover the values, goals and beliefs that make life fulfilling and meaningful for you. The beauty of the process is that no one else can tell you what makes you happy. You can love family, or singing, or nature, or team sports or sitting alone in the moonlight. Only you know how each of those things affects you for good or ill.
The downside of course, is that it takes you to make your life good or bad. Friends, family or mentors can advise, suggest and support you, but ultimately you must decide what is best for you. When you know yourself, then your life reflects your beliefs, and you will feel a synchronicity, a connection with the rest of the world. You will feel energized, excited and happy.
In today’s world of information overload, trusting yourself is the best policy for a happy, healthy, satisfying life. Instead of going along with the fad of the day, or becoming confused by the excessive analysis of each and every topic, take a look inside yourself and find the answers you need. You’ll find that you have a fountain of inner wisdom inside you just waiting to be tapped. Give it a try and see for yourself.