A Very Powerful Principle — Keeping my Acceptance High and my Expectations Low Part 2
Posted by Second Chance to Live on September 16, 2008
For context please read Part 1 of the 2 part series
Through my experience in the hospital, I found that as I kept my expectations low and my acceptance high, I was able to multi-task as multiple people came into my room amidst my phone ringing — at the same time — wanting different things of me, with out becoming / with out being irritable, restless and discontent. Consequently, I found that I was able to multi-task in ways that I previously did not know I was capable of accomplishing.
By practicing the principle of keeping my acceptance high and my expectations low I was able to ask for what I needed with out being demanding.
By keeping my expectations low and my acceptance high, I was able to ask for what I needed when I did not get what I needed from the dietary staff. By keeping my expectations low and my acceptance high I was able to say what I needed to say to the dietary management, without being mean when I asked for what I needed. Through keeping my acceptance high I was able to develop a rapport with the dietary management to the end that I received tasty and nutritious meals during the last several days that I was in the hospital.
By keeping my expectations low and my acceptance low I was able to establish an amicable solution to having my dietary needs met through being assertive while creating a win / win relationship with the dietary management.
Through keeping my expectations low and my acceptance high, upon my second discharge I received a compliment from the Charge nurse. She told me that I was one of the most pleasant patients they have served. By maintain the principle of keeping my acceptance high and my expectations low I was able to share — with credibility — the message that I share through out Second Chance to Live with the Doctors, Nurses, Nursing Assistants and the other staff members that provided me with care during my hospital stay during those 16 days.
Through keeping my expectations low and my acceptance low I was able to adjust my attitude when I found myself becoming critical of people when things did not occur according to my expectations.
I know that my experience of being in the hospital during those 16 days is part of the master plan for my life. I know that I do not have to know the big picture. Consequently, I am convinced that I can trust the process, a loving God and myself because I am capable of learning because of my experiences. I know that my circumstances are teaching me the lessons that I will need to know to be able to take advantage of the opportunities that become available to me. I know that the compilation of my circumstances and my opportunities are leading me in the direction of my destiny.
I know that I can trust the process, a loving God and myself because I am capable of learning through the circumstances that my experiences provide — even when I do not understand why. I know that I can trust the process, a loving God and myself because I know that my circumstances are not meant to keep me down, but they are meant to build me up!
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This entry was posted on September 16, 2008 at 2:40 pm and is filed under 12 Step Recovery, Empowerment and Inspirational Speaker, family, Friends, living life on life's terms, Living with a Disability, Living with an Invisible Disability, living with meaning and purpose, messages of hope and inspiration, Parents of children with Acquired brain injuries, Traumatic Brain Injury Support Groups / Meetings. Tagged: accepting the things we can not change, asking for what we need, extended stays in the hospital, finding my destiny, trusting the process. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.