“What screws us up most in life is the picture in our heads of how it is supposed to be.”
Have you ever heard that phrase before? Too often we wish we had the power to control everyone and everything in our lives. Sometimes we even think we can. The truth is though, we have to learn what is within our power and what is not. Once we learn to focus on ourselves and know we are doing all we can do to make ourselves a better person, the next step is to learn to let go of any expectations we may have of the people or things around us.
Sometimes even after all the best planning in the world, things don’t turn out like we hoped they would. But when we let go of any expectations, we are in a better place to find happiness and contentment which how things turn out and how they actually are. Perhaps we expected our lives to look differently or we hoped for a different type of life. Once we learn to let go of what we expected or still expect, we’re opening ourselves up to the beauty and love of the life we are currently living.
Letting go of expectations frees us from the image in our heads and allows us to find gratitude, peace, and contentment accepting things as they are.