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Expecting/Accepting/Peace Of Mind

November 26, 2018

As with most people I often like to know the outcome of what is coming up in my life.  I'd like to have the future predictable so I won't get caught off guard.  This need comes from growing up in a dysfunctional household where things were not always predictable.  I remember feeling shattered emotionally at times.  To gain predictability I found myself over time having an increasing expecting nature about myself.  I expected people and situations to be the way I thought they ought to be.  This expectation would ens

 

ure I wouldn't be caught off guard.  Some people thought of me as controlling due to my expecting nature.   I was like this from my teen years into my mid 20's.  I entered into Alcohol and Drug 12 step recovery at the age of 25.  After beginning my healing journey I was introduced to the word acceptance.  It was suggested to me to accept what I couldn't change and to lose the expectations/control I had practiced for so long.  I found the more I accepted people and situations for being what they were I was able to have a feeling of serenity/peace of mind.  

Since that time I've always said these words "When I'm expecting, I'm not accepting and when I don't accept I don't have peace of mind.  This is why the CD I created with my piano music is entitled Reaching For Serenity.  

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