This subject has probably been written about more times than I can count…but, sometimes we may need a little reminder so we don’t end up feeling stuck or miserable.
Years and years ago, I realized that the only person I could honestly expect anything from was myself. When I was expecting others to do what they said they would do, or when I expected that everyone would be honest, or treat others with kindness…I was always setting myself up for a huge disappointment…then I would be angry. I was usually more angry with myself for thinking people would do the next right thing, but any way you look at it, resentment soon followed. No one can function well when they a carrying around all that ugly baggage. You just end up stuck in your head, blaming, playing old tapes over and over again filled with faulty thinking, and before you know it, the circle starts again. So, I let go and let God. I mean to tell you, I quit trying to figure out the “why” of it all. Knowing “why” people didn’t follow through, or “why” they weren’t honest, or kind, or whatever the case might be, was futile. It took me a few times to let God keep it all…I really thought I could help God out… 🙂 but, I gave it all to Him and walked away. It’s not that I don’t care anymore, I do care, but the only person I can change is myself…and the only situation I might be able to help improve is the one I am working on at any given time.
When I work with my clients, through Life Coaching, expectations come up quite a bit. I understand their pain and sadness and I truly understand their disappointment and anger with others. I am finding that when we work together and really take situations apart and look at them for what they are, the best way for them to find peace, less baggage, and answers is by giving it to God and walking away. Like me, they know what they can follow through on. They know it is easier to be honest than to lie and kindness lifts their spirits so very much. Depending on ourselves, expecting that we will do our best…even if we fall short once in awhile, is a whole lot better than expecting things from others that they are incapable of giving.
Trust God, trust yourself and things will begin to run more smoothly.
Sarah-Pink Welch ©2012
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