I can't even count the number of times this has happened to me! Every time, and I mean damn near every SINGLE time I have expected something, especially one I really wanted bad, BAM! Doesn't happen and pfffffttt....there went my inner peace and now I'm pissed off the rest of the day. Has this happened to you? Sucks, doesn't it? Most of us aren't even aware of what trick our mind just played on us. All we know is we are mad, upset, and we can't seem to let that go. So, are you aware? Are we intelligent enough to look to our inner selves and, seeing something not right there, do something about it? It's tough. Every day is a struggle some times; can't get breakfast together fast enough, traffic sucks, your whole day starts out bad, and by the end of it you're ready to just say, "aw, to heck with it, tomorrow probably won't be any different." And there you are, caught in your own vicious cycle of your own creation. All because you couldn't keep your eye off of expectations instead of your acceptance.
April 25, 2010
Expectations & Serenity
One of the best things anyone should remember is that your serenity is inversely proportional to your expectations. The higher your expectations of other people are, chances are that your serenity will be lower. You can watch your serenity rise when you discard your expectations. But then "rights" try to move in, and they too can force your serenity level down. You have to discard your "rights", as well as your expectations, by asking yourself, How important is it, really? How important is it compared to your serenity, your emotional peace? And when you place more value on your serenity and inner peace than anything else, you can maintain them at a higher level, at least for a time. So keep your magic magnifying mind ON your acceptance and OFF your expectations, for your serenity is directly proportional to your level of acceptance. When you remember this, you will see that you never had it so good!