Friday, July 29, 2011

Flash Friday 55: Expectations vs. Acceptance

Expectations are my downfall.
They, most certainly,
lead to disappointments,
to self-pity.

Instead, I’m learning,
trying something new,
(at least for me):
Acceptance.

A loaded word for sure.
Accepting life on life’s terms;
people for who they are...
realizing I am powerless
and have no control
over anything
or anyone
but myself.

Freedom through serenity.

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Okay...so this is not a poem or a short story but rather something that has been weighing heavily on my mind lately. I am working hard on changing how I personally respond to situations rather than reacting, as was my old pattern of behavior. I find it really does work and I am truly finding inner peace and tranquility through the process. 

11 comments:

blueviolet said...

It's human nature to react without thinking first. It sure takes some re-training to get ourselves to do otherwise, huh?

Brian Miller said...

and that is a sweet freedom...mostly...it can be frustrating at times...ha...

Mona said...

Wise words those!

Willoughby said...

Inner peace and tranquility, can't ask for more than that!

Monkey Man said...

Nicely penned. Sounds all too familiar. I like to say that my level of serenity is inversely proportionate to my level of expectation and the only thing I have control over is my attitude.

Mama Zen said...

That's a lesson that I seem to have to learn over and over.

Great 55!

G-Man said...

Pollyanna....
You sure are getting pensive and philosophical.
I Love It!!
I loved this 55, It Rocked!
Thank you so much for playing today, I sure miss you when you don't.
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Cheryl said...

Nicely written, Polly.

I don't fully agree with the first portion. That's a fairly long discussion. I do agree that lack of acceptance of something or someone is my biggest problem whenever I'm dissatisfied or unhappy.

Alice Audrey said...

It's hard to do, but I have found it rewarding.

- Alice

Christine said...

I thought turning 40 I would be able to have more acceptance, maybe at 55 that might happen. Hope you find it.

Olivia said...

Freedom through serenity..
Indeed!!

Well said Polly. You go girl :)
Hugs xox

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