August 31, 2012

Realistic Expectations

I have often tried to change other people to suit my own desires. I knew what I needed, and if those needs weren't met, the problem was with the other person. I was looking for someone who would always be there for me but would not impose on me very much. Looking back, it's almost as if I were looking for a pet rather than a human being. Naturally, this outlook put a strain on my relationships.

I have learned there is a difference between what I expect and what I need. No one person can be all things to me.

Once again I'm faced with examining my own attitudes. What do I expect, and is that expectation realistic? Do I respect other people's individuality~or only the parts that suit my fancy? Do I appreciate what I do receive?

~Courage to Change

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