June 25, 2012

I’ve heard it said that if you’re constantly being disappointed it’s because your expectations are too high.  I think the opposite is true: you’re disappointed because your expectations are too low, especially of yourself.  Disappointment is our reaction to someone else so it’s not really about them, it’s about us.  Our reaction – our problem.

Here’s the solution. Change your expectations of yourself.  Spiritualize them.

If you expect always to behold yourself as the image and likeness of God and hold yourself accountable to that expectation through prayer, what’s the likelihood you’ll be disappointed?  Very small.  Why?  Because your thought drives your experience.  Manage thought, manage experience.

There’s a great statement in Science and Health that explains it this way: “Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously.” (See page 392)  Wow.

That means though, that you need to take a look at your thoughts – your expectations and conclusions – before you think them.  Yes, you can do that.  You can choose your thoughts through prayerful watching.

Once you get the hang of it you can begin to choose kinder thoughts, healthier thoughts, holier thoughts.  Wouldn’t it be great to experience more of those things?  It’s as simple as praying about it.  And then expecting your prayer to be answered.

Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link.  If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.

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