Limitations And Expectations

We must learn to accept that some people are not capable of that which we expect or need from them.

It is quite possible that this is because our expectations are too high.

Or, it could also be because the task itself is too difficult.

We all have our limitations.

When another person’s limitations make them incapable of meeting our expectations, we should not be hurt or angered.

We should be thankful.

At least now we know.

This knowledge will help us to be more successful in our endeavors in the future.

It will help us to better match our expectations with the people who are capable of meeting them.

Or, it will help us to change our expectations.

We will never be content unless we can find a balance between reality and our expectations.


Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Kogen Dojo Self Defense Academy where he teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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