I see you, universe. Out there saying stuff.
So, ingratitude. I can say with clarity that this comes from the expectations we hold on others. We become ungracious when we have expectations for something more than what we receive. When I expect something from someone else and when I don’t receive what we expect, then I become frustrated at them. This can lead to anger and rash action. Worse, it leads to disappointment, sadness, and a sense of greed and “being owed.”
The world owes us nothing. Anything we have is temporary. Focusing on what is not, rather than what is leads to a dissonance. A sense of ingratitude for what we do have.
I’d like to think I’ve made it to the point where I get mad when people don’t live up to my expectations, rational or irrational, but then I have developed this little bit of wisdom. This little part that lets me just be mad for a bit. Reach out to the people I love. Feel supported by them, and then just Elsa that shit. You know?
Let it go.
Then focus on the good around me. Be gracious for that.
December 13, 2016 at 12:59 pm
My wife always says……”if you never expect anything, you will never be disappointed”. I have learned in my life Lucy will ALWAYS pull that football away; and from a management seminar from years past….they will ALWAYS lose your luggage. So the conclusion of the matter should be as the proverb says, give me neither poverty nor riches lest I become disappointed but give me contentment with what I have. Be grateful.
December 14, 2016 at 2:13 am
It’s also hard sometimes when we take someone or something for granted. We get to a place where we expect a person to do something and be something. And when they are, and we get used to it, we forget to be thankful that we have that person in our life. It means being aware of everyday actions and appreciating them.