Expectations are the root of all heartache.
~ William Shakespeare
Something to think about…
Taking our friends and loved ones for granted, expecting perfection from them in every instance, greatly lessens the value we have in one another’s lives. Being hard on those closest to us may relieve some of the tension we feel about our own imperfections, but it creates another tension, one that may result in our friends leaving us behind.
We need the reminder, perhaps, that our friends are special to our growth. Our paths have crossed with reason. We complete a portion of the plan for one another’s lives. And for such gifts, we need to offer gratitude.
Each of us is endowed with many qualities, some more enhancing than others; it is our hope, surely, that our lesser qualities will be ignored. We must do likewise for our friends. We can focus on the good, and it will flourish — in them, in ourselves, in all situations. A positive attitude nurtures everyone. Let us look for the good, and in time, it is all that will catch our attention.
Source (modified): Each Day a New Beginning | Hazelden Meditations