WHEN OTHERS DON’T PERFORM
There will be times when other people will disappoint us—either intentionally or because of indifference or incompetence. If we have been counting on them, their non-performance can cause us real anger and frustration.
Our growth, however, should teach us that such failures are part of life. While never losing trust in others, we must accept them as fallible people. Their mistakes and lapses come from the human shortcomings all of us have.
Our best course is to live without expecting too much from others. They are not here to please or satisfy us. It’s possible, too, that we've been unrealistic in some of our Expectations and have set ourselves up for disappointments.
Our personal responsibility is to do our best even when others fall short of our expectations. At the same time, we can grow by becoming more reliable and dependable ourselves.
We cannot use another’s failure as an excuse for negligence on our part.
Today I’ll expect the best, but I will know that I also have the spiritual resources to deal with the worst that can happen.
© 1996 by Hazelden Foundation
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