If you’re a parent you may be experiencing grief because you envisioned your children would turn out differently and they didn’t.
If you grew up in a dysfunctional or abusive family, you may be angry because you expected your parents to love you, but they didn’t.
Maybe a relationship ended badly and you hoped it would turn out otherwise, but it didn’t.
My expectations of how things should have been triggered many of my troubles.
Today my motto is ‘accept not expect.’
When things don’t go as I’d planned I can pray for God to “grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Courage is having the confidence to ask for what I need. And acceptance is the serenity that comes from leaving the results up to God no matter how it works out.