“My philosophy is: It’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.” —Anthony Hopkins
Let’s look at these sentiments a little more closely. Can you wrap your mind around letting go of feeling responsible for other people’s opinions and behaviors? This is a hard one for some folks, but if you give it some thought, the thoughts and opinions of others really isn’t your concern, even when it’s about you.
Can you accept people for who they are…expecting nothing beyond what they offer, and feeling grateful for whatever that is? Perhaps we’re talking about unconditional acceptance. You accept who they are, and leave them unburdened of your own expectations.
I see all of this as being about the desire to control. And as we know, we cannot control other people…only our reactions to them.