Sunday Quotes – Expectations

 

Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations.

Leo Buscaglia

 

You can’t base your life on other people’s expectations.

Stevie Wonder

 

I do know one thing about me: I don’t measure myself by others’ expectations or let others define my worth.

Sonia Sotomayor

 

There’s a victory in letting go of your expectations.

Mike White

 

 I think that people have expectations of themselves and other people that are based on these fictions that are presented to them as the way human life and relationships could be, in some sort of weird, ideal world, but they never are. So you’re constantly being shown this garbage and you can’t get there.

Charlie Kaufman

 

True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share.

Suze Orman

You can’t base your life on other people’s expectations.

Stevie Wonder

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Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations.

Leo Buscaglia

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4 comments

  1. 3 things that your post helped me think about:

    My experience is that what gets us into trouble is believing (and therefore expecting) people can exceed their capabilities.

    I disagree with Leo B – I do hold high expectations and sometimes people will stretch themselves to grow in their capability and sometimes not. The trick is for me not to be hurt or disappointed when they don’t grow beyond their capability.

    I try (don’t always succeed) in basing my life on God’s expectations.

    Don’t know if any of that makes sense!

    Thanks for the post and helping me think through my beliefs this morning!

    1. Everything you said makes sense. I’m so glad it gave you something to think about.

      I must admit, I read your comments a couple of times throughout the day and let things stew in my brain.

      You mention capabilities and I think many people confuse capabilities with expectations. We and our capabilities, once we give ourselves the opportunity or we get that push, will grow. But, I think some people are afraid to try because of the expectations they feel others (or themselves) have imposed on them, whether true or imagined. People also seem to confuse perfection with having legitimate higher expectations for themselves and others.

      And, you’re right. We have to learn to not be hurt or disappointed with people, though it’s easier said then done. It’s the familiar we can’t control other people’s behaviour but we must teach ourselves how we will choose to react.

      Thank you for giving me something to think about.

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