Your belief in right and wrong, good and bad, best and better and your ability to distinguish one concept from the other is likely a very honorable system of judgment.
Your beliefs illustrate for you what might be described as ideal behavior. Like you, however, people don’t always behave ideally. That does not mean you should compromise your beliefs. It does mean that you can make better choices in how you encounter weakness in others. Simply because people don’t behave ideally does not mean they are bad or flawed. It simply means that people are not always willing to cooperate with you. Hold on to your honorable beliefs about ideal behavior. Do your best to express your beliefs in your own behavior. Remember, however, people don’t always live by your expectations of them.
In fact, you, yourself, don’t always live up to the expectations you have of others. We all fail on some level. Everyone has a perfect right to behave foolishly. And they often exercise that perfect right. No one HAS TO treat you respectfully, honestly, favorably or kindly. You do not NEED people to be considerate, empathetic, thoughtful, intelligent, selfless or brave. You can live happily in a world where they don’t – right alongside them. Maybe not as perfectly as you could if everything went as you planned. You could experience, instead, a different kind of happy – a more rational happy, one that includes such things as sadness (that people behave that way) and forgiveness (for human failure and weakness).
Your expectations are your terms for enragement. I will never like it that people are so irresponsible with one another, but I can still be happy in my life even when they behave in ways that I don’t like.”
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