As a teenager and young adult
I lacked patience. Big Time!!!
As I matured, parenthood forced me
to cultivate some along the way.
As I grew my business and discovered
projections often fell short,
I perfected the ‘fine art’
of having a ‘Plan B’.
As my children grew,
I later learned
a ‘Plan C, D, E, F and G’
were necessary too!
As a firstborn,
the expectations I placed on myself
were often outrageous
but even worse,
I held others to those standards as well. Result? Constant disappointment.
No one wins!
Over time I’ve learned
to loosen the grip on perfection
I tenaciously clung to
in an effort be more realistic
and accepting of others.
if I wanted to be accepted for who I am,
I needed to learn
to accept others the way they are.
Say hello to Ann,
one of our loyal followers.
Her following post
shares a small story
on this very subject
and has affirmed within me
that we are never too old
to learn something new.
Have a read and see if you agree.
October 23 2016 (Showcase Reblog)
Several years ago, I read an article in which the wife of a long-married couple was asked what she thought was key to her happy marriage and she answered, “I learned early on to lower my expectations.” Personally, I sort of wondered just how much longer her happy marriage was going to last after her husband read that article. And I thought that she was being a bit harsh, or had perhaps married a man who was simply not right for her. But lately, I’ve come to believe that if I put her words into the context of simple human relationships, she might have been much more perceptive than I realized.
The older I get, the more I think that most of the conflicts we have with other people stem from the simple fact that they don’t live up to our expectations. They don’t act the way we think they…
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